How to Protect Yourself Against Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks are increasing in frequency, complexity, and impact.

May 31, 2022

There is a concept not unique to Information Technology but frequently used in this field “alert fatigue”. It is a recognised challenge that exposure to an overwhelming number of alerts will eventually desensitise the people in charge of responding to them. You may have heard the word “ransomware” thrown around so many times in the past few years that you’re starting to feel some of that fatigue yourself.

This month Sophos, a British based security software and hardware company, released their 2022 State of Ransomware report based on information received from over 5,000 respondents in the IT industry.

Alarmingly, the number of organisations hit by ransomware attacks in the last year has doubled compared to the year before.

The report also highlights that paying the ransom is not a reliable option – of the organisations that paid the ransom, on average only 61% of encrypted data was restored after payment. Only 4% of organisations that paid the ransom had all their data restored.

So how do you protect yourself against ransomware attacks?

Frequent backups tested regularly remain the best option for restoring data after a ransomware attack. Your backups should never be considered viable if you do not regularly test to confirm you could use them to successfully restore data in an emergency scenario.

If you or your business have any questions, queries, or doubts about how to protect yourself against ransomware attacks, please feel free to get in touch.