In May 2017, a malware attack was released, causing issues for the NHS and many other organisations around the world, infecting computers in 150 countries.
Ransomware attacks like this one, are often delivered via emails, which trick the recipient into opening attachments and release malware onto their computer, in a technique known as phishing. Once the computer has been infected, it locks up files and encrypts them, blocking your access to them. The attackers then demand payment in bitcoin (a type of online currency) for you to regain access. However, once a ransom is paid, attackers remain in control and can continue to deny you access or demand further payments with the threat of deleting files if these aren’t paid.
These attacks focus on weaknesses in your software and can be preventable through ensuring that the latest software updates are installed, however people often forget or postpone updates, which makes it easier for hackers to exploit them.
Anti-virus software can be used to remove these types of viruses from your computer but prevention (especially within businesses) is the best form of defence. Which is why we feel it is prudent to remind you how important software security is and ensure you know how to adequately protect your systems.
The software you use should be carefully considered and researched to ensure you know how secure your data is. Is the software you’re using or looking to use regularly backed up? If you’re using desktop software, it is your responsibility to ensure your data is backed up, protecting you against malware attacks as well as theft, loss and accidents. Our cloud software is automatically backed up in multiple locations, ensuring your data is kept safe and secure. This is just one of the benefits of cloud based software over desktop systems, other benefits include disaster recovery, automatic software updates and the flexibility to work from anywhere, whenever you need to.
How to protect your system:
1) Protect your password – Make sure you use a unique password for your company’s cloud-based software, such as a random word with a range of capitals and numbers.
2) Select your SaaS provider carefully – Do your research, and get a full understanding of the company’s security patches, back-up plans and regular maintenance schedule.
3) Know who has access to your software, and have a regimented plan in place should employees leave your company.
4) Remember that your data is also your customers’ data, so only put the information into your software that you need.
5) Coordinate all standard internet security measures such as running antivirus software
6) Educate your users. With expert training in best techniques, as well as security best practices.
There are over 390,000 new viruses and ransomware infections registered every day* and with this number continually increasing, it’s never been more important to protect your data within a secure software that you can trust.
Source: *Registered by The Independent IT-Security Institute https://www.av-test.org/en/statistics/malware/