12 Apr

2018

Got Ransomware?

posted by: William White

His particular set of skills has made the digital world a much safer place.

Liam Neeson is making the hackers pay, so you don't have to.

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career in Cybersecurity. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my data go now that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you. I will find you and I will kill you.”
— Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, “Taken 8: Ransomware on the Rise”

Small business owners rejoice! Your data is protected against the threat of ransomware. Liam Neeson is making the hackers pay, so you don’t have to. His particular set of skills has made the digital world a much safer place. Thank you, Liam.

Unfortunately, the plot of Taken 8 is pure fantasy. Liam Neeson is not protecting your data. And, the digital world is not a safer place. When it comes to ransomware life definitely doesn’t imitate art, or vice versa.

What’s the reality? According to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), ransomware attacks are on the rise. Every business, regardless of size, is at risk. And, there are no former CIA operatives with particular skills to wrestle your encrypted data back from the bad guys . As a small business owner, you are pretty much on your own if you get hit by this nasty type of malware.

So what can you do? Well, If you are reading this and your data has already been encrypted, you had better hope that you have good backups. Backups, that don’t contain the ransomware, are your only guarantee that you will get at least some of your data back. Your backup policy (frequency of backups, where backups are stored, how many copies you keep, testing of backups, etc) is going to determine how much data you will lose. You might also have to dust off your Business Continuity Plan and Disaster Recovery Plan depending on the criticality of the systems and data affected. One of our customers, for example, had to shut down their entire business for three days while their critical operations platform was recovered. Ouch. And don’t forget to contact local law enforcement (police and FBI).

For more things you can do before and after a ransomware attack, take a look at this nifty inter-agency guidance document from our friends in the federal government.

Remember, a strong Cybersecurity Program is much more than just a firewall and antivirus. To be prepared for today’s threats,  a layered defense (defense in depth), should be implemented by every company, regardless of size.

About Ultimate Risk Solutions

At URS, we have a layered solution for every need and any budget.

Highlights of our solution are:

  • Helps you navigate the Cybersecurity maze.
  • Budget friendly! Available as a low cost monthly subscription.
  • Something for everyone! Subscription levels designed with small business in mind. Robust enough to scale to large enterprises.
  • Does not require fulltime IT staff.
  • Gives you peace of mind.

So how does it work?  What does the subscription give you?

Depending on your subscription level, your 5 Steps may include:

  • An “Always On” Unified Security Management system that safeguards your network, systems, users, and data
  • Security Policies and Plans created via an easy to use Online Wizard
  • Customizable Online Training
  • Automated Hardware and Software Inventory Tool
  • Automated Vulnerability Assessments
  • A Breach Coach for when the bad guys get in
  • Much more

To take a deeper look into our five steps click here.

Want to speak with one of our experts?  Or are you ready to protect your assets now? Contact us at:

610.755.0728 or 800.55.HELPS

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