The risk

Ransomware attacks represent a significant danger to all organizations. Forrester Research reported that the number of ransomware attacks on enterprises is up 500% over the previous year and will cost businesses $11.5 billion. To reduce the risk to the business, Organizations must train all employees on the risk and IT teams must have multiple technologies to help prevent and recover after an attack. One of those is a comprehensive backup and recovery solution to help you restore the files that ransomware holds hostage.

How do ransomware attacks work?

There are many forms of ransomware, but generally speaking, ransomware is malware that infects your networks and handcuffs the data your business needs to remain in operation. The ransomware encrypts files, and ensures the encrypted data remains inaccessible, until a ransom is paid.

How does ransomware get on your computer?

There are various methods ransomware uses to gain access. Some could be classified as “spray attacks,” which cast a wide net to reach as many victims as possible through methods like phishing emails. Many attacks are introduced via a spray method: Mass email with attachments or links to websites, document links to file-share sites, etc. Most instances came as the result of an end user downloading a document or payload that was then executed on the end user’s laptop or mobile device.

Can you remove ransomware?

Ransomware has become very sophisticated and can be incredibly difficult to remove from infected systems. That’s why it’s critical to create a layered defense to prevent ransomware attacks.

What can you do?

The first step is education. IT organizations need to understand how ransomware attacks are created, what precautionary measures need to be taken, and how the right technology can help.

Quest data protection solutions can help prevent ransomware and recover data after a successful attack. Learn more by visiting our Ransomware solution webpage.

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