Infected with Ransomware? Don’t Panic Just Yet.

By | 2018-05-29T05:27:17+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Business Value, Security|Comments Off on Infected with Ransomware? Don’t Panic Just Yet.

Although a ransomware infection might feel targeted, you’re not the only one who’s been infected. Ransomware is spreading at an alarming rate, but the more it spreads, the more resources are allocated to fighting it. If your data is held hostage, check these lists for free decryption tools first!

The state of ransomware in 2017

It’s been almost 30 years since malware was first created that could encrypt locally-stored data and demand money in exchange for its safe return. Known as ransomware, this type of malware has spread like wildfire. 2006 and 2013 saw brief spikes in infections, but they’ve never been as bad as they are now.

In 2015, the FBI estimated that ransomware attacks cost victims $24 million, but in the first three months of 2016 it had already racked up more than $209 million. At the beginning of 2017, more than 10% of all attacks were some version of ransomware.

Zombie ransomware is easy to defeat with decryption tools

Not every type of infection is targeted at individual organizations. Some infections may result from self-propagating ransomware strains, while others come from cyber attackers who are hoping targets are so scared that they pay up before doing any research on how dated the strain is.

No matter what the circumstances of your infection are, always check the following lists to see whether free decryption tools have been released to save you a world of hurt:

Prevention

Even when you can get your data back for free, getting hit with malware is no walk in the park. There are essentially three basic approaches to preventing ransomware. First, train your employees about what they should and shouldn’t be opening when browsing the web and checking email.

Second, back up your data as often as possible to quarantined storage. As long as access to your backed-up data is extremely limited and not directly connected to your network, you should be able to restore everything in case of an infection.

Finally, regularly update all your software solutions (operating systems, productivity software, and antivirus). Most big-name vendors are quick to patch vulnerabilities, and you’ll prevent a large portion of infections just by staying up to date.

Whether it’s dealing with an infection or preventing one, the best option is to always seek professional advice from seasoned I.T. experts. It’s possible that you could decrypt your data with the tools listed above, but most ransomware strains destroy your data after a set time limit, and you may not be able to beat the clock. If you do, you may not have the expertise to figure out how your network was compromised.

Don’t waste time fighting against a never-ending stream of cyber attacks. Contact us to find out how we can help secure your business network and data.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.