Preventing Ransomware and Ransomware Mitigation

Drew Laroche

Did you know that a single ransomware attack is capable of shutting down hundreds of thousands of computers?

That’s what happened in May of 2017, when the WannaCry ransomware attack took hold over machines all over the world. In recent years, preventing ransomware has become one of the most important IT security tasks.

If you are interested in ransomware mitigation, continue reading.

Education Is the First Step to Preventing Ransomware

Before you can even think about stopping this kind of attack on your computer systems, you need to educate your team.

Phishing is currently the most common way for a ransomware attack to begin. It just takes one single person at your practice or hospital to click on the wrong link or download a malicious file to infect your entire system.

Considering how high the stakes are, it’s important to make sure your team has the knowledge needed to stop these careless behaviors. If necessary, hold company-wide meetings or seminars where you explain the dangers of ransomware and how to stop it.

Also, remember that education to prevent ransomware isn’t a one-time effort. It has to be an ongoing job.

Take every opportunity to remind your staff members that they should be protecting themselves and the organization from ransomware. This step alone will go a long way in helping you to improve your practice’s digital infrastructure.

Back up Your Data Regularly

The big challenge with ransomware attacks is the way they hold your data hostage. This is a challenge for any type of business, but for a healthcare provider or hospital, it could literally be a life-or-death situation. That is why so many ransomware attacks target the medical field.

The best way to prevent data on your main server from being seized is to have it stored somewhere else. Be sure that you have an off-site backup. If your backup data is connected to your main system, the ransomware attackers may still be able to seize the data and prevent you from accessing it.

You can try to store your data on a server elsewhere, but it may be challenging. Look into providers of offsite data backups. These businesses specialize in keeping your data safe and separate from your main network.

Check Your Network Security Frequently

It’s also important to always be aware of how good or bad your network security is. After all, if you don’t know there is a problem, how can you fix it? To do this, you’ll want to consistently test the network.

Use a tool like the official federal government’s risk assessment platform to see if your network has any vulnerabilities. Just like educating your team, you have to make this an ongoing task. Schedule periodic tests so that you’ll be able to stay one step ahead of ransomware attacks.

Stay Diligent to Stop Ransomware

Ransomware is an ever-present threat. You must always be working to stop the threat from compromising your system and patient data.

For more information about how SecurenetMD can help with the critical task of preventing ransomware, contact us today.

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