How to prepare for ransomware?

How to prepare for ransomware?

Ransomware is extremely common and can have a major impact on businesses. Meanwhile, nearly four in five organizations have experienced ransomware in the past year. Of those victims, nearly three-quarters suffered financial or operational damage. Cybercriminals are successful, while organizations struggle to protect themselves from ransomware.

To be well prepared for an attack, it is important to know the ways in which cybercriminals try to enter your environment. This could be through networks, endpoints, emails and identities, for example. Preventive security mechanisms can be built in for those components so that a cybercriminal does not enter the business environment in the first place.

Role of backups

While ideally hackers should stay out of the way, that is difficult in practice. Therefore, there is a critical role for backups. With them, organizations have more guarantees of business continuity. Backups ensure that you can always access your data, even in the event of a ransomware attack. The backups can be used to restore operations.

By the way, cybercriminals also know that companies protect data with backups, so they target these workloads and processes. It makes protecting backups more popular, while also thinking about rearranging copies. For example, air-gapping is a successful method of preventing the destruction of backup data. This best practice provides a physical and logical separation of copies from the rest of the network. As a result, the backups are inaccessible to attacks.

These are some measures you can take to be prepared for ransomware. Are you curious about what you can best do all together? Then fill out the form below to download a document with more information.