2017: Ransomware caused ‘worst year ever’ in breaches

Data breaches nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, and most of those attacks could’ve been avoided or significantly downgraded with basic IT best practices.

A recent report from the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) found 93% of breaches in 2017 could’ve been dodged by “cyber hygiene” techniques like regularly updating software and blocking fake email messages.

Defending against ransomware

One particular concern is ransomware, which makes up 60% of all malware attacks. Ransomware is often spread via malicious emails.

In order to keep your company safe from ransomware attacks, the OTA recommends the following best practices:

  • use email authentication checks to block malicious messages
  • add browser-based scanning for malware
  • increase employee awareness of and training on attacks like these
  • limit administrative access by employees, and
  • regularly back up data offline.

And in case your company decides paying a ransom is necessary for a certain attack, create and maintain a Bitcoin wallet in advance.

It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

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