For a long time, the biggest concern for cyber security was accidently downloading a virus, or pesky malware. Today, ransomware has taken the front seat, and it’s become the latest and greatest cyberattack method. Not only do you have the potentially disastrous consequences of being locked out of your most important files and systems, and losing everything, you also have to decide if you’re willing to pay cold, hard cash to get access to them again, if you even get access after paying at all.
Ransomware attacks mean the bad guys take control of your systems and lock you out. These attacks often target doctors’ offices, medical software, high income businesses, and more which leads to HIPAA violations, and leaking of important personal data, payment information and other devastating results. Once ransomware has found a gateway into a network or system, it can spread like wildfire before there’s even a chance of preventing it. Most small businesses don’t consider high grade security systems until it’s already too late. Early on, ransomware was mostly an issue for home networks and users, and hackers would acquire personal data to blackmail and demand ransom for release. As it became more common, small businesses became more at risk, and today we hear about stories like Target, Wal-Mart, and more. The threat is very real no matter who you are, so how do you protect against it?