IBM Says 70% of Ransomware Victims Paid Ransoms For Data in 2016

Don’t let your business be a victim. Check out these payout stats from 2016:
• 20% paid more than $40,000
• 25% paid $20,000-$40,000
• 11% paid $10,000-$20,000

The FBI has issued these tips on their website, which we implement for each partner:

  • Make sure employees are aware of ransomware and of their critical roles in protecting the organization’s data.
  • Patch operating system, software, and firmware on digital devices (which may be made easier through a centralized patch management system).
  • Ensure antivirus and anti-malware solutions are set to automatically update and conduct regular scans.
  • Manage the use of privileged accounts—no users should be assigned administrative access unless absolutely needed, and only use administrator accounts when necessary.
  • Configure access controls, including file, directory, and network share permissions appropriately. If users only need read specific information, they don’t need write-access to those files or directories.
  • Disable macro scripts from office files transmitted over e-mail.
  • Implement software restriction policies or other controls to prevent programs from executing from common ransomware locations (e.g., temporary folders supporting popular Internet browsers, compression/decompression programs).
  • Back up data regularly and verify the integrity of those backups regularly.
  • Secure your backups. Make sure they aren’t connected to the computers and networks they are backing up.

Do you want a free security evaluation for you business to see if you’re protected, call us today at 941-445-TECH (8324) or chat with us online below.