How to Deal with Ransomware
Updated: Feb 12
Users can be fooled into clicking on infected email links and opening infected attachments. Hackers then take advantage of outdated vulnerable systems and lock down data and files. Recent events like the WannaCry ransomware attacks have been successful at infecting a large number of networks, holding those organizations's data and files hostage for ransom.
So how do you deal with ransomware attacks like WannaCry?
Get "proactive" and take the following steps to protect your organization from a ransomware attack:
Update and patch computers, servers, network, equipment and all software
Utilize at least basic antivirus, firewall, spam filtering and web filtering
Educate your employees
Limit user access to job-related resources
Backup and test restore
If you do discover or suspect a ransomware infection, follow these steps:
Unplug the computer from the network (NOT THE POWER)
Disconnect wireless connections
Contact ProActive Information Management at 804-897-8347 and report the incident
Notify co-workers to be on the lookout for the suspicious email, document, link, etc.
If you've engaged with ProActive Information Management's System Management Services (SMS), you've started taking the right steps to protecting your network. SMS is a turnkey maintenance solution to protect assets, decrease system downtime and reduce overall costs.
To learn more, contact ProActive to find out how to harden and further protect your network.