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IT Services Kent, how secure is your business?

Below is some really important information on staying safe and secure from Cyber threats…  

WHAT IS RANSOMWARE?

Ransomware is a piece of malicious software designed to hold hostage a user’s files (such as photos, documents, and music) for ransom by encrypting them and demanding the company pay a fee (often in Bitcoin) to decrypt them.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Experts say that ransomware has a lot to do with exploitation of the human element – like employees, customers, and suppliers. Attackers have many ways to initiate an attack—everything from common advertising and phishing methods to sophisticated USB flash drive tactics.

The infections can begin when users click on links in phishing emails or if malicious ads or compromised sites redirect users to domains hosting exploit kits. Exploit kits can also be delivered via email attachments or infected USB flash drives.

When the exploit kit successfully exploits a system, it makes a call back to a ransomware drop host to retrieve the private keys needed to encrypt the endpoint. Most popular exploit kits have to resolve a domain name to an IP address to initiate the call back.    

WHAT CAN SMALL- AND MID-SIZED BUSINESSES DO?

Deploying technology offerings and tools designed to combat ransomware alongside comprehensive company-wide strategies can go a long way in preventing – and in the worst case – mitigating a ransomware incident’s impact.

While ransomware is expected to net cybercriminals $1 billion this year, and its growth shows no signs of slowing down, organisations can still win with the right technology on their side. 

Reduce your risk of ransomware starting with an evaluation of your existing security program if necessary, there are steps you can take to avoid having your data held hostage by cybercriminals. 

HOW CAN SELECT TECHNOLOGY HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

We are working harder than ever to help tackle these ever present Cyber threats.

Some of our customers will already know that our new Prestige service is designed from the ground up with better security in mind, including everything from regular security auditing to Open DNS security helping to tackle these daily threats.

IT SERVICES KENT – HELPING YOUR BUSINESS!

Unfortunately over the last 12-18 months we have seen more and more businesses affected which could have been prevented, all this comes at a cost whether that’s business downtime or financial investment.

Here’s a link to a Video called “Ransomware – Anatomy of an attack” we sent it out on social media recently, it’s just 4 mins long but really packs a punch: https://youtu.be/4gR562GW7TI click the link to watch it now.

If you have any concerns about Ransomware or the general security of your network and systems then please do contact us today on : 01892 830110.