Ransomware Attack Prevention

The key is to stay ahead of the attackers. There is no guarantee that a victim can stop a ransomware attack and regain their data; however, there are methods that may work in some cases. To protect against ransomware attacks and other types of cyberextortion, experts urge users to back up computing devices and update software, including antivirus software, regularly.

While ransomware attacks may be nearly impossible to stop, there are important data protection measures individuals and organizations can take to ensure that damage is minimal and recovery is as quick as possible. Strategies include compartmentalizing authentication systems and domains, keeping up-to-date storage snapshots outside the primary storage pool and enforcing hard limits on who can access data and when access is permitted. By constantly being aware all of the threats and with good prevention systems in place, companies can go a long way in protecting themselves. The FBI recommends regular backups, risk analysis, staff training, vulnerability patching, penetration testing, and practicing business continuity, incident response plans and application whitelisting.

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