Under the malware family, ransomware is one of the most destructive type of viruses to date. Since its first release about a decade ago, hackers who developed the first generation have been able to slowly evolve from targeting household computers to targeting business infrastructures, and the number of businesses victims is steadily increasing.
The most common way computers get infected by ransomware is by the user clicking on an email attachment. This triggers the ransomware script to run in the machine discreetly in the background, unbeknownst to the user. The script finds all the files on the computer, such as photos, music files, videos, and documents like Office, PDFs and even system files. After finding the files, the ransomware script will trigger an encryption key that locks them, making them inaccessible. A countdown timer will then appear on the screen, notifying of a deadline to pay the ransom, otherwise the files will be encrypted forever.
Infected Emails: Malware-infested emails disguised as legitimate messages from family or colleagues within a domain often contain links or PDFs that infect your system with malware when opened.
Fake Downloads: Hackers can imitate banner ads, downloads, and pop-ups on trusted websites, enticing the next victim to click. If a user takes the bait and clicks, they’ve opened the door for the ransomware to enter.
FBI Impersonation: Some hackers attempt to trick the user into believing they have committed a cybercrime and therefore their files have been encrypted. As a penalty, the FBI impersonator tells the victim they must pay a fine (often in the form of Bitcoin) if they want to regain access to their files and continue operating.
It is estimated that 60% of ransomware victims are the small to medium-sized businesses. SMBs are cybercriminals' low-hanging fruit, as many of these businesses only have basic network security which makes them an easy target. So, if you think you are too small to a target, think again.
If you want to protect your business from ransomware and educate your employees about how to avoid falling victim to the latest tactics of cybercriminals, contact us today. Our expert cybersecurity team will help protect your network, your digital assets, and your employees from hackers and malicious software. Together we can make ransomware a thing of the past.
In addition to ransomware removal services, we encourage our clients to build a tough defense that keeps hackers away. We'll help you achieve full end-to-end network security for your business.
We deploy network firewalls to establish a barrier between a trusted internal network and a public network (i.e. the Internet). This allows us to monitor and control incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules.
This system enables us to monitor an entire system for malicious activity or policy violations. Any intrusion activity can be handled automatically based on policy rules or manually.
This extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if they are connected side-by-side. This creates a network tunnel in which only your system can transmit and receive data.
Our partnerships with industry-leading anti-virus/anti-malware suppliers allows us to install, configure, and implement security policies and protection features to every machine your business has. This ensures security from your very first computer up to the network infrastructure.
A secure IT infrastructure includes having employees who are trained and aware of cybercrime risks. Not all attacks are digital -- many hackers still use the traditional person-to-person conversation over the phone to extract private information about you and your business. We will train and educate your employees about cybercrime and how to avoid falling victim to them.
Kevin Eddy, Pet Food Warehouse