Ransomware: Today’s biggest Cybercrime threat to businesses and organisations
What is RansomWare?
Ransomware is computer malware that installs covertly on a victim’s computer, executes a cryptovirology attack that adversely affects it, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt it or not publish it. Simple ransomware may lock the system in a way which is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, and display a message requesting payment to unlock it.
More advanced malware encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. The ransomware may also encrypt the computer’s Master File Table (MFT) or the entire hard drive. Thus, ransomware is a denial-of-access attack that prevents computer users from accessing files since it is intractable to decrypt the files without the decryption key. Ransomware attacks are typically carried out using a Trojan that has a payload disguised as a legitimate file.
In short, Ransomware can cripple your computer network, leaving you without your IT system – and worse still it can lead to sensitive data leaks and huge financial consequences.
How serious is Ransomware?
We stopped that nightmare happening 53,903 times last month alone! (November 2016)
Recent UK headlines have highlighted once again how many organisations are just a click away from a potentially catastrophic malware infection or data breach. The world-leading heart and lung Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire was lucky enough to have daily back-ups in place when it was recently hit by a ransomware attack. North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust was less so, and ended up cancelling operations and moving patients elsewhere after IT systems were taken offline for several days.
In Bristol recently, many of our schools were forced to abandon lessons after being attacked by sophisticated viruses that effectively bought the schools to a standstill – until Three Cherries emergency response teams resolved the attack and released the schools from RansomWare threats.
Ransomware attacks are probably the biggest threat to businesses and organisations in today’s growing world of cybercrime.
Ransomware can cripple your computer network, leaving you without your IT system – and worse still it can lead to sensitive data leaks and huge financial consequences.
Ransomware protection needs to be high on your list of risk management, and although we specialise in Ransomware System Recovery, it really is far better to be safe than sorry and put in place Ransomware protection measures, as the cost of Ransomware protection is significantly lower than the cost of Ransomware cure
Don’t let be held to ransom by Ransomware!
RansomWare attacks are on the increase – at an alarming pace. The cost of paying a ransom can be exorbitant. The cost of preventing an attack far less so.
Don’t gamble with the security of your network and your data.
Call Three Cherries – and running the risk of being held to RansomWare can be one business risk that together we’ve got covered!
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