What is ransomware and how do you protect companies from this threat?
On May 12th, a ransomware named “WannaCry” was featured in newspaper headlines across the globe. Companies from several sectors were targeted by a global scale cyberattack. The cyberattacked sequestered equipment, encrypting its systems and files, demanding payment for their release. This ransomware exploited a security flaw in Windows systems, in order to infiltrate the equipment.
The affected companies were forced to activate their contingency plans, which in some cases, meant shutting down equipment and disconnecting them from networks, affecting normal business operations. Portugal Telecom (PT/MEO), Telefonica in Spain, a Renault factory in France, and hospitals in the UK were among the most well-known cases.
What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that blocks users from accessing their infected devices or files, unless a ransom is paid.
If affects personal computers (desktops, laptops), servers and other devices, such as tablets and smartphones. Although most infections were recorded in Windows systems, there are several versions that affect macOS, iOS, Linux, and Android systems.
To learn more about this issue, visit the Ransomware webpage. Here you will find detailed information about how this digital threat works, how to protect yourself, how to remove some better known versions, and useful advice on how to avoid infection.
How does Eurotux help companies to protect their business from IT threats?
One of the most important lessons of the incident that involved “WannaCry”, is that protection against ransomware requires more than a simple security software installation, such as an antivirus. It requires a whole set of security protections and policies, regarding information technology (IT) infrastructures, in terms of operating system updates, firewall rules, appropriate permission/access levels, and backup execution.
Additionally, organization should define security policies that minimize the chances of malicious files entering the system, or exploiting other ways to attack.
Eurotux is an expert in IT security, providing solutions that cover IT infrastructure monitoring, system security, contingency plans, implementing disaster recovery scenarios, business continuity, among others.
Likewise, it works with the best brand names on the market, namely Sophos, guaranteeing that its customers are provided with the most advanced solutions against cyberattacks. Customers with Sophos Intercept X and Sophos Exploit Prevention (EXP) solutions are proactively protected against “WannaCry” ransomware.
Eurotux is organizing a free webinar on ransomware, being held on June 5th at 11 AM. The Sophos Intercept X anti-ransomware solution will be presented, followed by a Q&A session. Participation is free, but registration is required, with limited vacancies.
Ransomware is the greatest digital threat in recent years. It affects companies and individuals at a large scale. Don’t become a victim of digital extortion. Protect your files, and protect your business.
To learn more about ransomware protection solutions, that are the most effective and best suited for your business, get in touch with Eurotux.