Ransomware: Only As Strong As Your Weakest Link

Ransomware: Only As Strong As Your Weakest Link

Are you overlooking serious security vulnerabilities?

Ransomware is the most common malware threat; with an estimated one attack occuring every 11 seconds. And the stakes are high. The average ransom demand has gone from $5,000 just three years ago to around $200,000 today.1

The most common ways that hackers initiate ransomware attacks are as follows:

  • Email phishing
  • RDP (remote desktop protocol) vulnerabilities, and
  • Software holes.

When it comes to cyber-security, you’re only as strong as the weakest link in your chain. Does any of this sound familiar in your organization?

  • “We only have one machine that’s still running Windows 7.”
  • “We only have one employee who uses weak passwords.”
  • “We only have one router using default settings.”

In security, one-size-fits-all solutions don’t really exist. Rather, security is a customized and multi-faceted effort that involves maintenance, updates, patches, gateway security, threat detection, and employee education.

We want multiple layers of security. Think of these layers as, “technology,” “process,” and “people.” If a threat manages to penetrate one layer, the next layer will be there to stop it.

That said, sometimes too much security can be overkill. You probably don’t need advanced IP geolocation so only someone located within your physical office can log in, on top of strong passwords to allow access, for example. The trick is to strike a proper balance between security and functionality --- one that keeps your data safe, but also doesn’t make it difficult to perform your basic day-to-day duties.

Continuity plans and backups for your data are a kind of insurance. If disaster strikes, you have not taken a critical hit.

Because ransomware denies you access to your data, keeping backups and ensuring recovery ability is key. Periodic testing should be performed to confirm the integrity of your backups, and provide reassurance that you’re covered in the event of a data emergency. As some ransomware targets online backups, it is wise to maintain backups offline and unconnected to your network.

With HACS Managed Services, you’ll get proactive management and monitoring of your endpoints, and backups of endpoints, servers, networks, switches, firewalls, etc.

We’ll help you conduct risk assessments on your devices.

  • What can we harden?
  • How can we isolate the device as much as possible?
  • How can we create a setup using only the least access necessary for function?

The HACS Solution

HACS is your solution to protect against Ransomware and other cybersecurity threats. We handle all device maintenance, provide proactive & constant security monitoring, intrusion detection, and threat management services.

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