Surviving a Ransomware attack

March 14th, 2016

Ransomware-medWhen it comes to ransomware, IT professionals are constantly looking for the best solution to protect their data and avoid being crippled by the latest attack. However, according to an assistant special agent for the FBI, your best bet may actually be to pay the ransom.

While it isn’t the official stance of the FBI, it’s still an alarming answer coming from a position of authority on the issue.

This brings up a particularly tough situation. With ransom costs coming in anywhere up to $10,000, do you really want to be subjecting yourself to this type of situation? And in the event you pay, there’s no guarantee you get your data back uncorrupted and safe. Instead, a better option is to be prepared and always have your data secured and backed up.

Luckily, the FBI has provided more substantial tips on how you can protect yourself from ransomware. While the tips include simple suggestions like having strong passwords, antivirus software and popup blockers, they also recommend backing up your files. No surprise there.

As is the case with most things, it comes down to being prepared and having a plan in place to protect your data. Cryptowall, the most prevalent form of ransomware, has cost victims roughly $18 million from April 2014 to June 2015, according to the FBI.

While the FBI doesn’t make official recommendations for what a business should do if they are hit with ransomware, some of the suggestions include reverting to a back up, contact a security professional, or pay. With these options, why wouldn’t you have a proper backup solution in place?  Call us to find out about our Advanced Business Continuity Solutions that can protect your business from ransomware and other unforeseen catastrophes.