Following recent Ransomware attacks, giving yourself and your organisation a head start in protecting yourself from these attacks has never been more important.
A Ransomware attack is nasty and for those not quite au fait with what happens, it is when an external agency hijacks a device and the data within and will not release it without payment from the device owner.
How To Avoid Ransomware Attacks?
Ransomware is something you must take seriously as an organisation and the people most at risk are the day to day users themselves (i.e. your staff).
Training staff on IT security will play a major role in ensuring everyone helps themselves and your organisation in keeping their device’s data secure from any potential attacks.
This may sound obvious but only a small number of organisations are proactive in their online security training.
Often it can be seen as an unimportant factor with staff taking for granted they are well protected from any attack.
Educating people, the risks and what to look out for could save your business thousands of pounds all for a small amount of time investment.
Although many alternatives for user authentication are available today, most users log on to their computer and on to remote computers using a combination of their user name and a password typed at their keyboard.
To make it easier to remember their passwords, users often use the same or similar passwords on each system; and given a choice, most users will select a very simple and easy-to-remember password such as their birthday, their mother’s maiden name, or the name of a relative.
When attackers decide to attempt to hijack a device they will often try using different methods such as: –
- Offline Dictionary Attack— This is when the attacker gets a copy of the file where the hashed or encrypted copy of user accounts and passwords are stored and uses an automated program to determine what the password is for each account.
- Online Dictionary Attack—The attacker uses an automated program that includes a text file of words.
- Guesswork – Sounds basic, right? That’s because it is, however it is a common way for attackers to get into your device, especially if they have done their homework on you.
However, the thing to remember, all of the above attacks can be prevented (or at least significantly slowed down) by the use of strong passwords.
Often staff will have the perception that this is frustrating and a complicated way of logging on, however, by educating users on the importance, they will quickly come to realise that the perception they had is simply not true.
Don’t forget to watch our latest video below to find out more information on protecting your organisation from Ransomware attacks.