The Week of WannaCry

May 19, 2017

by Jerry Horton, IT Director

One week later, WannaCry ransomware’s devastating impact is still being felt, with some hard lessons learned by many businesses and organizations. Ransomware is becoming a household name, and hackers are coming out with new variants at an alarming rate every day. Just check out how many folks are being hit by ransomware in real time on this MalwareTech map (click “Connect” in the upper right hand corner).

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware software is most commonly delivered through an email attachment, a USB drive, or an online download. Once it infects a computer, it encrypts all of the data and can actually work its way very quickly through a computer network – making businesses a desired target. Once the data is encrypted, a screen pops up demanding you pay money to get access back to your files.

Should I Pay Up?

Many experts, including Networks Plus, recommend you rely on your backup instead of paying the ransom. That being said, it is incredibly important to have a backup in place for all of your important files. I’m not talking about just any old backup with images of your files, but one that is current and will keep your recovery time to a minimum.

Don’t have a backup in place? Your only option may be to pay the ransom.

How Do I Avoid Ransomware?

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have a backup and disaster recovery system in place?
  2. How do you keep your software continually up to date?
  3. Is your Microsoft patched
  4. Are you educating your employees on recognizing suspicious attachments, links and email?

Need Help?

Networks Plus is here to help you implement a proactive approach in your business. Not only can we run network and security assessments on your system, we also offer software and hardware solutions to insure your files are always backed up and your software is up to date.