Owing to the pandemic and the need to work from home, ransomware attacks dominated 2020 and are seen to be rising this year as well, say experts.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has defined ransomware as a type of software or malware that is designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. It is commonly spread through phishing emails, or when a person visits a compromised website. Ransomware attacks however aren’t new. But with growth in technology and equipment, these attacks have become far more sophisticated.
The rise in cybersecurity crimes is why there is a need for more cybersecurity professionals working against these threats. Some of the professionals needed are ethical hackers, who infiltrate computer systems to detect any threats to the system which could be exploited by non-ethical hackers.
So how do these attacks work?
Well in order to become a victim of these attacks, you are going to have to allow these criminal access to your computer system or network. Obviously you don’t willingly allow access to anyone, but through suspicious emails or pop ups on websites, these criminals can access your data.
These attachments and messages are designed to look real, of course, so that you’ll click on them, which allows criminals access to your files and information. Once you do so, my the ransomware will encrypt your files.
Nowadays, more businesses are opting for cybersecurity insurance, with about 84% of organizations investing in it as a protection against cyber threats and attacks.
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency lists a variety of best practices to protect you and your company against ransomware. Some of which includes:
● Constantly updating software and operating systems with latest patches
● Being suspicious of unknown emails and avoiding clicking on links or opening attachments within them
● Backing your data up on a regular basis
● Following safe practices when using devices with internet connections
At the end of the day, ransomware attacks cannot completely go away, especially as criminals are adapting to newer technology. But there are security best practices and steps you can take to protect your business or organization and help ensure that you aren’t the next victim of ransomware.