Do You Pay Ransom for Data Safety? Here’s Why You Must Not

Ransomware and data theft are the most prevalent threats to modern business. According to National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the number of ransomware attacks has increased significantly in recent years. Meanwhile, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has advised business leaders not to pay a ransom. One of the main reasons you should not pay the ransom is that your data will still not be safe. According to ICO and NCSC, paying the ransom encourages cyber criminals to conduct more cyber crimes. In his article for ZDNet, Danny Palmer shares why you should not pay ransom to cyber attackers.

Why You Should Not Pay Ransom

Once you pay the ransom, the hackers give you an encryption key to unlock and access your data. However, you cannot trust cybercriminals, since they can provide you with a fake encryption key. Besides, they can make a copy of your data and ask for more money later. Lindy Cameron, CEO of the NCSC, states that the legal sector plays a vital role in mediating conversations between cyber criminals and businesses. She adds, “Cybersecurity is a collective effort and we urge the legal sector to work with us as we continue our efforts to fight ransomware and keep the UK safe online.” 

How to Avoid Ransomware Attacks

Getting involved with cyber criminals might not go well for your enterprise. Even if you do not pay off the cyber attackers, the hackers will know that your network security can be compromised. Ensure your business is aware of modern cybersecurity trends and threats. Enforce an expansive and rigorously followed cyber hygiene. Back up your files in case of emergency. Furthermore, it is essential to train your workforce so they can identify any potential threat and report it.

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