Secure Protection from Ransomware for Your Company
Imagine you lost all digital data of your company in one fell swoop. All working processes are incapacitated. How much would you be willing to pay to get your data back? This nightmare turns into reality for more companies every day. Its name: Ransomware.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware are Trojans that creep into a computer system to encrypt all data. The perpetrator demands ransom for releasing the data. Since it is getting easier and easier to buy and use ransomware, numbers of attacks like this, on companies in every industry, increase rapidly. Cybersecurity Ventures predict that in 2019, there will be a ransomware attack about every 14 seconds.
At the same time, it is getting more and more difficult to protect oneself from the increasing number of attacks. These attacks are getting sneakier and sneakier, the programs cleverer and cleverer. Every month, new ransomware families appear, alongside new methods to bypass security systems.
What are the consequences of a ransomware attack?
When a computer is infected with ransomware, it poses a threat of enormous damage. Once it is in the system, the Trojan can spread to other devices in the whole network and thus incapacitate your whole company. Without access to data, all production processes come to a halt and tremendous costs are accumulated for recovery and clean-up. On top of that, downtime can have long-term negative effects for the image of the company. In the worst case, it is not possible to ever recover the data again – even after paying a ransom.
How can ransomware contaminate your computer?
Ransomware can find various ways into your computer. Most often, it steals its way in with emails that ask you to click on a link or that contain malware in the attachment. Contaminated websites and ads are another growing threat. Clicking on the wrong thing activates a tool in the background that searches for weak points in your system. Once found, for example in outdated software, the ransomware is being downloaded and installed on your computer. All this happens unnoticed most of the time.
Even generic protection programs cannot offer you one-hundred percent security. Trojans have come to try to explicitly eliminate protective measures. As a result, the ransomware and the protection software start playing cat and mouse. Security programs attempt to detect and then kill malware through its behavior in the system. The other way around, the attackers try to trick this pattern recognition. From time to time, an attacker succeeds in gaining access to valuable data in a vast flood of attacks.