How to Prevent Ransomware – Protecting Data and Devices

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Cybersecurity is not just an IT issue. It also poses significant risks to businesses. However, many firms have yet to change their accountability culture. In most companies, only the CIO or CISO is responsible for cybersecurity. However, security is a shared responsibility. Organizations are frequently vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks because of structural and cultural difficulties between IT and non-IT executives. To avoid being a ransomware victim, all company executives must prioritize cybersecurity. This article at ZDNet by Danny Palmer discusses how to prevent ransomware.

Security Weakness Can Equate to a Ransomware Attack

As hackers attempt to exploit unpatched cybersecurity flaws, more than half of ransomware assaults now start with criminals taking advantage of weaknesses in remote and internet-facing systems. Researchers at the security firm Secureworks found that 52% of ransomware attacks started with hostile hackers taking advantage of remote services.

How to Prevent Ransomware

So, how do you prevent ransomware? When cybercriminals discover a vulnerability, they act swiftly to exploit it before patches are released and organizations have a chance to implement them. Although patching can be a time-consuming and complex operation, it’s essential to help defend against ransomware and other malware assaults that prey on weaknesses in services that are accessible via the internet. Although 39% of ransomware attacks studied had their entry point as compromised credentials (usernames and passwords), more than 50% of occurrences began with attackers taking advantage of internet-facing vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals use malware, phishing, and network setup errors as initial entry points for inflicting ransomware assaults.

Researchers advise utilizing multi-factor authentication (MFA) as an additional security step to help prevent ransomware attacks. By deploying MFA, especially to apps and accounts that access sensitive services, it becomes significantly more difficult for fraudsters to enter and move about the network – even if they have the appropriate password. Taking precautions like these can considerably reduce ransomware assaults.

To read the original article, click on https://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-this-is-how-half-of-attacks-begin-and-this-is-how-you-can-stop-them/

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