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What is Ransomware?

From individual PCs to enterprise IT infrastructure – ransomware attacks are only continuing to rise. It is possible to prevent ransomware attacks with some basic assessments and solutions to fight against your vulnerabilities.  Just like a physical security system, it’s important to significantly improve your ability to protect yourself, your company, your team, and your overall success from cyber-terrorism.

Ransomware, in most cases, is malware that locks access to important company files, IT Infrastructure, or databases until a ransom is paid – a data hostage situation. After the files are unlocked, if the organization doesn’t take the time to use an IT Network Assessment in how it happened – it happens repeatedly.

Ransomware presents itself to the victim mostly by encrypting files on the endpoint (like a PC), threatening to erase files, or blocking system access. It can be particularly harmful when ransomware attacks affect hospitals, emergency call centers, and other critical infrastructure, like what happened not long ago with the oil refineries on the east coast.

Defending against ransomware requires IT planning, certified technologists, and involvement from everyone at your company to be truly successful. To make ransomware go by the wayside, it is up to enterprise IT decision-makers to help prevent them from happening.  In our next post, we will go through 7 ways to protect yourself and your company from hackers and cyber-terrorism.

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