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Global losses from ransomware attacks have cost organizations and consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. In fact, since 2013 the dangerous cyber threat has continued to rise in popularity amongst hackers. Currently, the average ransom demanded by an attacker has doubled over the last 12 months to reach U.S. $679. Throughout 2016 the manufacturing, financial, insurance, Real Estate, and public administration industries suffered the majority of ransomware attacks, which has led cyber security professionals to encourage organizations to enhance data protection measures in the upcoming year.
The All Too Familiar Tale Of Ransomware Attacks
A well-meaning employee opens an email attachment or clicks on a link within an email that appears to come from a trusted source. Within minutes, the employee is locked out from his computer. Data and files have been closed as a malicious code begin to encrypt the computer and its associated network. The employee calls the IT department for help in the face of the now ransomed sensitive data.
This all too familiar story has become a reality for countless organizations. To protect your customers and their vital business data, the following precautionary steps should be taken:
The Bottom Line: Protect Your Data Before It’s Too Late
A ransomware attack can be deployed at any time with devastating results. However, through the education of end users, a secure offsite backup, and the right antivirus software, you can help to safeguard your customers’ vital business data. Leverage the power of a customized approach to cybersecurity by improving your ransomware defenses. Contact the experts at ClearPath IT Solutions located in Central Illinois via sales@clearpathIT.com or (309) 263-5600 to protect your customers’ data from ransomware attacks.