So Ransomware as it implies holds your data to ransom having first encrypted it, dependant on the variant it may also have encrypted any attached USB drive and network attached storage that it can access.
Now if that sounds scary, it should, more than 650,000 PC’s and over 5.25 billion files have been infected in the last 3 years and in 2015 in the USA alone well in excess of $325 million was extorted by this method.
So how to defend yourself.
Ensure that you have good anti-virus and anti-malware protection, it doesn’t cot the earth.
Restrict user network access to only what they need.
Manage network traffic and access points.
Backup everything and ensure that you have a copy of your backup that is not connected to your network.
Have a Business Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity plan so if the worst happens you are prepared.

Speak to you IT service provider and work with them to help ensure you are safe.

If you need help or advice, please get in touch.

David Halberg