IT Security and Threat Management

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Ransomware attacks that have reached national news headlines have highlighted the increasing threat that ransomware and other ‘malware’ (malicious software) pose to organisations and the disruption to businesses they can cause.

In simple terms, ‘ransomware’ is software deployed by criminals to effectively destroy your data by encrypting it in a way that only they can revert (by paying a ransom), it is a very real threat targeting thousands of UK businesses today.

Whilst no organisation that uses IT can make themselves 100% malware proof, there are various steps organisations can make to achieve a much lower level of vulnerability by building up ‘layers’ of defence.

Backup

Regular backups of your data to a secure, unattached location is the best way to help recover from a successful attack.

Server patch management

Microsoft updates Windows software regularly to plug gaps where new vulnerabilities are identified. However, you need to ensure that all the Windows software on your servers in your organisation are regularly updated to benefit from this.

Server protection

Virus and malware protection for your servers as well as network firewalls.

Email threat protection

Ransomware and malware attacks often enter the organisation via email. Stopping these getting through to your staff is one way of reducing the threat of a successful attack.

PC patch management

Microsoft updates Windows software regularly to plug gaps where new vulnerabilities are identified. However, you need to ensure that all the Windows software on your PCs in your organisation are regularly updated to benefit from this.

Endpoint Protection

Anti-virus and anti-malware software for PCs.

Ransomware Detection

The ransomware threat is typically an automatic encryption of your data with a ransom to unencrypt it. When that data is restricted to a single PC the damage is limiting, where the ransomware has encrypted large amounts of server based data however then the damage is much more severe.

If you would like help to increase protection against ransomware, malware and virus attacks, please complete the form below.

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