There’s a growing collection of ransomware plaguing today’s IT industry. While these threats may seem difficult to fight against, there are steps customers can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Deploying Multi-Layered Endpoint Security

Having an endpoint security system that prevents malware infection is essential. Customers should choose a solution that monitors outbound traffic, shields web browsing, guards system settings, stops phishing, and monitors single endpoints.

Business Continuity and Backup Recovery

If a system is infected by ransomware, the only solution is to minimize downtime and recover data. Automated ransomware recovery and continuity solutions can back up a company’s important data and get things back online quickly.

Create Strong Policies

Where ransomware is concerned, users should consider using Windows policy groups to block certain file extensions and paths from running. Group policies are useful when different access levels are required. Examples include preventing startup entry creation and blocking executable files.

Use Policies to Block VSS

The Windows operating system creates local file copies using the VSS (volume shadow copy service). Certain types of ransomware encrypt these areas because they hold VSS copies for local drives. Using Windows policies to prevent access can keep ransomware from erasing local backups.

Train Staff Members on Safe Computer Use

Most malware makes its way onto a computer system through a user’s actions. However, simple training can prevent most of these problems. Business owners should instruct staff members to avoid opening unsolicited email attachments and doing other things that can leave the system open to malware infection.

Disable Autorun and Macros

Many types of ransomware infect computer systems through macros. However, these can quickly be disabled in the MS Office Trust Center. While autorun can be useful, it’s also a good way to propagate malware. For instance, a USB stick or VBS worm will use the autorun service to spread the infection.

With computer security, the user is typically the weakest link. Malware will continue to spread as long as business owners and staff members are unaware of the risks of being online. By using preventive measures, users can protect themselves in the workplace and at home.

Tips for Ransomware Recovery and Prevention