Businesses large and small are under threat from increasingly aggressive and brutal ransomware attacks. Loss of access to critical files, followed by demand for payment can cause massive disruption to an organisations productivity.
Staying secure against ransomware isn’t just about having the latest Security Solutions. Good practices, including regular training for employees are essential components of every single security set up. Make sure you’re following these nine best practices.
1. Backup Regularly and Keep a recent backup copy off-line and off-site
There are dozens of ways other than ransomware that files can suddenly vanish, such as fire, flood, theft, a dropped laptop or even accidental delete. Encrypt your backup and you won’t have to worry about the backup device falling into the wrong hands.
2. Enable file extensions
4. Don’t enable macros in document attachments received via email
Microsoft deliberately turned off auto-execution of macros by default many years ago as a security measure. A lot of infections reply on persuading you to turn macros back on, so don’t do it!
5. Be cautious about unsolicited attachments
The crooks are relying on the dilemma that you shouldn’t open a documents until you are sure it’s one you want, but you can’t tell if it’s the one you want if you open it. If in doubt leave it out.
6. Don’t give yourself more login power than you need
Don’t stay logged in as an administrator any longer than is strictly necessary and avoid browsing, opening documents or other regular work activities while you have administrator rights.
7. Consider installing the Microsoft Office viewers
These viewer applications let you see what documents look like without opening them in Word or Excel. In particular, the viewer software doesn’t support Macros, so you can’t enable them by mistake!
8. Patch early, patch often
Malware that doesn’t come in via a document often relies on security bugs in popular applications, including Microsoft Office, your browser, Flash and more. The sooner you patch, the fewer holes that are to be exploited.
9. Stay up-to-date with the new security features in your business applications
For example Office 2016 now includes a control called “Block macros from running in Office files from the Internet,” which helps protect against external malicious content without stopping you using macros internally.
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