3 Ways to Help Your Company Avoid A Ransomware Attack

3 Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

Prevent ransomware attacks, data backup

Cyber attacks are becoming more and more common these days. The most recent WannaCry ransomware attack affected more than 200,000 organizations over the course of a weekend. A ransomware attack blocks access to files on your computer via malware until a ransom is paid. And paying the ransom does not always guarantee you will get your files back.

With increasing instances of ransomware and other cyber attacks it is more important than ever to be prepared and shield yourself from data loss. Below are a few ways you can help protect yourself from a ransomware attack.

1. Keep your software up to date

In many cases ransomware exploits outdated software on your computer. The software updates for your operating system and programs include not only new features but also the latest security patches. Keeping your system up to date is a very important step in avoiding a ransomware attack.

2. Back up your files

If you are a victim of a ransomware attack, files on your computer will be blocked and the attacker will request payment to gain access to the files again. If you do not have backups of your files then you have a big problem. Be sure to make backing up your files remotely part of your daily routine. It is something that only takes a few minutes out of your day is a very valuable safety measure in the case of ransomware attacks, computer failure, natural disasters and any of the other various ways you can lose access to your data.

If you are in need of a data backup plan, contact UCG Technologies or click here and fill out our Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery Assessment. With this information we can customize a data backup plan that specifically fits your needs.

3. Train your employees

Your company’s cyber security is only as strong as your weakest link. Many times ransomware attacks arrive through malicious emails disguised as legitimate messages. It only takes one click to infect your network. UCG offers an enterprise security training program through KnowBe4 that will help your employees recognize suspicious emails, phishing scams, dangerous links and more. Get a quote for our cyber security training program today and help protect your business.

Be Proactive

These three steps will help you go a long way in avoiding a ransomware attack and preventing data loss in worst case situations. Don’t wait until you run into a data loss scenario; be proactive and take steps to protect yourself today. If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more about our data backup and enterprise security training plans, contact UCG Technologies!

For more information on how to prep your IBM i system for ransomware attacks read this article from IT Jungle.
WannaCry: What IBM i Pros Need To Know