Ransomware Threat Continuing into 2020
Ransomware has rampant the last couple of years and unfortunately, experts predict it will not slow down with the start of the New Year. Ransomware criminals often attack small and medium-sized businesses and now personal home computers are getting thrown into the mix as well.
Not only is highly targeted ransomware expected to continue, but it is also predicted that automatic backup solutions may be the prime focus. Attackers will attempt to alter or remove any backup data that they come across. Valuable information, including financial transactions, will also continue to be at risk. One way that attackers will attempt to get this information is through phishing emails, which are expected to become more targeted and convincing. A phishing email is a type of social engineering attack used to steal user data. This includes login credentials and credit card numbers and occurs when an attacker fools the trusted user into opening an email or instant message.
Let’s talk about some ways you can protect yourself from ransomware in 2020 and years going forward.
- Make sure all systems and software are up to date with relevant patches (this includes upgrading from Windows 7 and Server 2008, which has a January 14, 2020 “end of life” date).
- Advanced Threat Protection & Cybersecurity is a must, that way you are protected from malware in cloud-based environments.
- Maintain a strong firewall and keep your security software up to date.
- Do not provide personal information in emails, phone calls, etc. Phishers use tricks to try to obtain personal information.
- No matter what, DON’T PAY THE RANSOM! It is not a guarantee that you’ll be able to regain your files and information.
- If you don’t trust the source, it is probably not reliable. Trust your gut!
Now that it’s a new year, it’s time to reevaluate your security. If you need help, advice, or guidance, make sure you call CATS Technology Solutions Group! Not only will you get a team of Certified IT Technicians, but your systems will be constantly monitored and protected.
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