Cybersecurity and Fraud Protection

How to Protect Your Organization From Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks can have devastating effects on your business, especially if you aren’t prepared. Learn more about strategies your organization can adopt to build resiliency.

Ransomware attacks are an increasingly common threat to businesses. In fact, they can be just as harmful as any natural disaster because of their ability to disable your company’s entire information technology infrastructure and grind operations to a halt.

To help ensure organizational resiliency, consider these critical steps to help protect your business against potential ransomware threats—and respond effectively when an attack occurs. 

Develop a Disaster Recovery Plan in Advance

The best protection against ransomware is to prepare for a disruptive event by anticipating and planning for a worst case scenario. In the event of a major disruption, it’s important to have a robust disaster recovery plan (DRP) in place to help restore information technology functions. A DRP should consist of four stages:

  1. Conduct a business impact analysis
  2. Identify critical systems
  3. Develop the plan
  4. Test and exercise

Take Additional Preventative Measures

In addition to creating a DRP, organizations should consider other preparatory steps to help improve their information security and response to ransomware. These can include investing in employee training, examining cyberinsurance policies and considering professional incident-response services to augment your organization’s response capabilities.

Recover From an Attack

If you discover early that your organization is being targeted by ransomware—before it has spread—containment is paramount to help limit the damage to only a few systems. Regardless of the scale of the attack, you should conduct a post-incident analysis to determine its cause and evaluate the effectiveness of your response efforts. Identifying the cause is imperative when conducting recovery operations. If the ransomware is still in your network during your recovery operation, it may infect and destroy your new or re-imaged infrastructure.

Learn more about ransomware attacks and how to respond to threats by downloading our white paper.

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