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April 15, 2016

Critical Infrastructure Providers: It's Time to Prepare for a Ransomware Attack

Stop and ask yourself the following question: Is your business well-protected from ransomware? If you answered yes, then you are more protected than many other organizations.

A recent survey of 200 security professionals, for instance, shows that only 38 percent of respondents think their company could recover from a ransomware infection with all of their critical data intact.

What’s more, 73 percent of security professionals claim that critical infrastructure providers—like those in the energy sector—are more likely to be impacted by ransomware than other companies.

“Ransomware threatens all organizations, but it does not do so equally,” explained Eva Hanson of TripWire in a blog post. “This is because bad actors tend to launch ransomware campaigns and targeted attacks against certain sectors over others.”

This begs the question: What should your business do if it gets hit by a ransomware attack?

This is a topic that we have been devoting a lot of attention to here on the Apex blog as of late. As we mentioned in one post, about half of American ransomware victims have chosen to pay a ransom to regain access to their data. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right thing to do, though.

Even worse, if you choose to pay the ransom, you could actually wind up funding terrorist groups like ISIS. And you don’t want to do that.

For this reason, we here at Apex Technology Services, computer consultants serving the greater New York City area including Fairfield County, are advising our clients to avoid running into this situation by planning ahead for an attack. Back up your data offsite, so that, if your network becomes infected, you won’t have to worry about the implications of losing it if you don’t pay.

Apex Technology Services can also thoroughly fortify your network to reduce the liklihood of future attacks from impacting your business. To learn more, contact Apex today


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