YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY RANSOMWARE – How to defend against a ransomware attack. Defending against ransomware attacks may seem intimidating at first glance, but the truth is that even a few simple, easy-to-implement best practices can help protect your business from an attack.
• Back up your data. Regular backups of sensitive and important information can help ensure business continuity in the event of a ransomware attack.
• Update and patch systems and software. Regular patching, updating, and maintenance help protect against or eliminate known cyber security vulnerabilities.
• Protect systems that connect to the internet. Using a DNS firewall will allow you to limit access to known malicious websites, helping defend against potential social engineering attacks while blocking malicious code and securing access to cloud apps.
• Develop a culture of cyber security. Train employees to watch for and understand the tricks attackers use, to spot and avoid potential phishing links, and to flag requests for personal information or credentials. Password policies, password managers, and multifactor authentication (MFA) can also provide ways for employees to take responsibility for keeping their devices and company data secure.
Just because cyber attacks on small businesses are becoming more common doesn’t mean you’re powerless.