Protecting a Small Business Against Ransomware

Protecting a Small Business Against Ransomware, Basic Ransomware Defences

How to start your ransomware protection for small busienss.


Small business think they are not a target of Ransomware, sure a small business would not have the funds to pay the millions of ransomware demanded. In fact small are easy targets for Ransomware attacks.

So why are small business easy ransonware targets.

1. Small business do not have the budgets to invest tens of thousands in ransonware defances.

2. Many small business do not have their own IT department

3. Small business do not keep the systems up to date


So what can small business do to protect themselfs against Ransonware attacks

1. The first and most important action is to ensure there are current data backups.

2. Also ensure there are copies of all software.


The two steps above will allow the small business to restore their IT systems in the event of a Ransomware infection.


Protecting Small business against Ransonware attacks

1. Ensure all operating systems are current and patches are applied.

2. Anti-virus software should be updated daily.

3. Educate staff


Staff should never click on links in emails, clicking on link could bring the user to a website where Ransomware software is downloaded on to the computer, once downloaded the Ransonware will try and infect all computers on the network.

Software should never be downloaded from the Internet, malicious file download maybe both user-initiated and cused by drive-by downloads (visiting a website).

Only authorised USB harddrives and USB sticks should be allowed on the business network.


Most SMB’s are currently protected by a traditional wall of defences: often a combination of firewall, email scanners, web filtering solutions and endpoint security agents. But in modern business, this is no longer enough to keep your business safe as these attacks can penetrate traditional defences by encrypting around 6,000 – 8,000 files per minute.


5 Ways to Protect Your Business from Ransomware Attacks

1. Educate your employees. Employees can serve as a first line of defense to combat online threats and can actively help stop malware from infiltrating the organization's system. A strong security program paired with employee education about the warning signs, safe practices, and responses aid tremendously in preventing these threats.
2. Manage the use of privileged accounts. Restrict users' ability to install and run software applications on network devices, in an effort to limit your networks exposure to malware.

3. Employ a data backup and recovery plan for all critical information. Backups are essential for lessening the impact of potential malware threats. Store the data in a separate device or offline in order to access it in the event of a ransomware attack.

4. Make sure all business devices are updated. Ensure antivirus and anti-malware solutions are set to automatically updated and conduct regular scans so that your operating systems operate efficiently.

5. Be cautious of email links. If an email or pop-up message has links, it is best to not click them unless you are certain it is legitimate. Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive, regardless of who sent them. These files may contain viruses/ransomware or other software designed to weaken your computer’s security. If the link looks legitimate, hover your mouse over the link (without clicking it). A small window will pop-up with the true URL. If the URL differs from the one displayed as the link text, it may lead you to a potentially harmful website or file download.


Protecting a Small Business Against Ransomware

Protecting a Small Business Against Ransomware, Basic Ransomware Defences

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