Ransomware Protection

The good news is that ransomware attacks on small and midsize business are on the decline (in part because many hackers have turned their attention to “cryptojacking,” or the hijacking of computers to mine cryptocurrency). The bad news is that ransomware attacks remain a significant threat to SMBs.

Ransomware is a type of malware programmed to encrypt files on a computer, tablet, or other device, making the files inaccessible to the owner and thus rendering them unusable. Losing access to this data can have a severe impact on an organization, leaving it without the means to function efficiently, or at all.


Typically the only way to retrieve your files intact is to pay a hefty ransom to the hackers—who will then follow through by providing you with a decryption key. (Or they may not, even if you do pay what they demand.) Therefore, the best defense against ransomware is to keep this malware off your network in the first place. YourITgroup can help you with that.

Benefits of YourITRansomware Protection

Reduces the likelihood of infection

Mitigates the impact of infection

Prevents the spread of the malware

Saves having to pay a hefty ransom

Enhances public trust in your organization

How Ransomware Infects Your Systems

Most commonly, ransomware enters your network via inadvertent download of a spam email attachment containing the virus. The ransomware then self-executes and begins attacking your data. Ransomware can also gain entry to your computer systems via unguarded social networks or websites with “malvertising” (ads linking to malicious software on the web that unleashes the ransomware). Unmonitored browser plugins, chat messages from untrustworthy sources, or infected USB flash drives are yet other avenues through which malware can be spread.

Some ransomware authors will often build in periods of initial dormancy, giving the malware a chance to spread to other computers or get backed up along with legitimate data without alarming system administrators, thus rendering useless any backup-and-recovery strategies put in place.

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Why You Need a Ransomware Prevention Strategy

Successful ransomware attacks can have a severe impact on businesses large, small, and in between. Without the documents and data they use to deliver goods and services, they are powerless to function day to day. Never mind the obvious cost to the victim of paying an extortionate fee for the decryption key to their valuable files (nowadays, it is not unheard of for ransom demands to exceed a million dollars!). To make matters worse, if the organization refuses to pay for decryption, the malicious actors can threaten to publicly name and shame their victim in the press, thereby imposing a steep secondary fee there is no escaping. Thus, the combined economic and reputational effect of a ransomware business disruption can prove so challenging for an organization that it may not be able to recover at all.

Three Keys to a Reliable Ransomware Defense Strategy

It is not sufficient to merely respond to a ransomware attack. Rather, the organization must stop it from being successful in the first place. Here’s how.

Solid Data Backup

Since ransomware prevents users from accessing data on their network, it is critical to be able to recover that data in case of infection. The best way to do that is with the 3-2-1 rule: maintain at least three different complete backups on at least two different forms of media, one of which is located off-site. Be aware that robust backup protocols are not a one-time thing, but ongoing.

Employee Education

Cybercriminals are always on the lookout for the weak spots in an organization’s defenses—and often that weak spot is employees’ lack of technical knowledge. The solution is simple: teach staff members to recognize email phishing scams when they see them, and to be wary of other common malware delivery methods in a business setting.

Endpoint Protection

The truth is that the malware threats keep evolving and can’t always be recognized as threats until it’s too late. For that reason, a robust detection and response (EDR) strategy is necessary. Much like anti-virus software, EDR uses machine learning and automation to detect and investigate suspicious activities on network endpoints and quickly block potential threats.

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Key Components of Ransomware Defense

By becoming savvy about malware that can paralyze core business operations, an organization of any size can prevent and defend against ransomware attacks, and in that way keep itself functioning and profitable.

Vulnerability Assessment

Make an inventory of devices and systems on the organization’s network, their business function within the organization, and their access to risk points outside the network.

Account Review

Determine the need and purpose of service and functionality accounts, which services they run or functions they fulfill, which systems they have access to, and how often.

Permissions Survey

Identify who has access to each device and account in the organization, determine if they truly need those access privileges to do their jobs, and discover whether logins and passwords are sufficiently robust.

Let Us Help Protect Your Business with Professional Ransomware Defense Services

YourITgroup delivers integrated and effective ransomware protection via multi-layered prevention, detection, and response protocols to prevent ransomware infections that can put your organization at risk.

Ransomware FAQs

Our crack team of ransomware experts will put together a custom program tailored to your organization’s exact needs.

  • q What is ransomware?

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    Ransomware is a type of malware that, once executed, takes your computer or device data hostage. Although the files are still on your computer or mobile device, the ransomware encrypts them, making that data inaccessible.

  • qHow do ransomware attacks work?

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    Using malicious software to encrypt and lock the files on your computer or device, hackers hold those files hostage, preventing you from accessing your data until you pay a ransom.

  • q What kinds of ransomware are there?

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    There are seven common types of ransomware, namely: crypto malware, lockers, scareware, doxware, RaaS, Mac ransomware, and ransomware on mobile devices.

  • q What happens if your device gets infected with ransomware?

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    Victims of ransomware must decide whether to permanently lose access to their data, pay the ransom, or pay an expert to attempt to unencrypt the files (not usually successful). If the victim has religiously backed up their data, that decision might be easier to make.

  • q Can ransomware be successfully removed?

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    Sometimes it is possible to remove ransomware, either manually or by using special security software to eliminate it and also unencrypt your files. Ideally, however, it is best to avoid ransomware infection in the first place.

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