In this year alone, everywhere you turn, you will hear about ransomware. There is ransomware everywhere, even on mobile devices. Ransomware has been around for awhile, however, it has become more important to be aware of the possible dangers of becoming the target of a ransomware attack.
At first, it was the catastrophic WannaCry outbreak. Before there was a break between that outbreak, there was the ExPetr, or otherwise known as Petya or NotPetya, which followed at the end of June 2017.
There is Ransomware Everywhere, even on mobile devices
These two major cyber attacks were at the top of the news headlines but there are other threats that we should also be worrying about. Service Providers and their customers should also be aware of mobile ransomware. United States and other affluent countries are targets of mobile ransomware.
“These geographical changes in the mobile ransomware landscape could be a sign of the trend to spread attacks to rich, unprepared, vulnerable or yet-unreached regions,” said Roman Unuchek, a security expert at Kaspersky Lab. “This obviously means that users, especially in these countries, should be extremely cautious when surfing the Web.”
In today’s ever-evolving technology, businesses and their employees are no longer only working on a office desktop. Many employees are now working off of their laptops and mobile devices, which often connect to business’s corporate networks. With this in mind, security providers are constantly on edge when it comes to protecting networks on a multitude of differing devices.
When talking about ransomware, a major point to always bring up time-and-time again is to:
Never Pay the Ransom.
Simply put, you cannot trust these cyber criminals. Any payments made to these criminals will only help fund their criminal schemes.
What can a Managed Service Provider do to protect your business?
Managed Service Providers can provide the protection and security that a business may need to protect their corporate networks and data. Managed Service Providers (or MSPs) are constantly providing optimal security for their clients and often plan ahead for cases like these. So what does an MSP do to protect your business’s network infrastructure?
Comprehensive Backup Solutions:
- Every business should know that backups are your best friend. In any sort of ransomware attack situation, the possibility of getting back the ransomed files are pretty slim. In many cases, at least the files are backed up and able to be restored to the latest backup. An MSP will take charge of providing the best possible solution for backing up your business’s vital data.
Patching, Patching, Patching:
- All Managed Service Providers will have a system in place to keep your technology up to date with all the latest patches and updates your business needs. This enables your business to have a significant lower probability of Security Holes in your network infrastructure.
Protection & Defense:
- Your Managed Service Provider will most likely have a proactive security agent that monitors all of your business’s computers and network. This Security Agent will monitor any application changes, threats, malicious software, and more. The Agent would also be a 24/7/365 monitoring software that allows your business to have the ease of mind knowing your business is protected and secure.
As a Maryland Managed Service Provider, SADOS offers a team of IT professionals with a deep understanding of any IT-related function. SADOS welcomes you to contact us for a Free Business Consultation if you are interested in finding out more. Please do not hesitate to call, email, or simply stop by our office.