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7 Ways to prevent a ransomware attack - Part 2
Entrprise IT Planning Can Stop Ransomware
Now that you have created your IT network diagrams and device audits from your IT Network Assessment, chosen your network defensive technologies, and trained your staff on cybersecurity tactics, make sure the following services and products are part of your updated national IT project deployment. Here are the final 4 ways to prevent a ransomware attack in our 2 part series.
Backups & Disaster Recovery (DRaaS)
A company can truly take the wind out of a ransomware attack with a good backup and disaster recovery plan. A professional backup solution should be able to allow a backup, virtual machine, firmware, settings, and even databases to be reinstated within minutes to hours - depending on your company RTO rules in your IT plan.
BONUS TIP: Make sure your internal IT or consulting IT teams schedule hack simulations to prove your DR plan works as your IT plan states.
Firewalls with intrusion detection technology (IDS)
Most professional firewall hardware manufacturers have the ability to add intrusion technology – or sometimes called network sniffing - which looks at all network traffic for signatures of malicious activities. If an employee has clicked on the wrong link, or large file transfers are taking place, or similar odd behavior - an enterprise-class IDS will function like a network security guard with physical security.
Multi-factor authentication with strong Password Protocol
The core instigation of the colonial pipeline hack was a single compromised password. Many ransomware attacks come from the hijacking of an employee email account, domain access, password or via poorly configured remote desktop access via port 3389. With strong passwords and MFA, much like your bank, the ability to hijack a corporate user becomes much more difficult.
Update IT Infrastructure to Endpoints
From firmware on firewalls to making sure all your organization’s operating systems, applications, and software are updated regularly is paramount. Applying the latest updates will help close the security gaps that attackers are looking to exploit. Where possible, utilize endpoint management software to globally update and protect PCs and other equipment utilized by your team.