What you need to know about Ransomware

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files on computers (laptops, desktops, servers and portable mobile devices), with an intention of denying access to the computer system, data and file until a ransom is paid.

Who is affected and subject to ransomware?

The risk is to anyone with a computer connected to the internet and anyone storing important data on the computer or network, not excluding systems in government entities.

The impact caused by a ransomware

Ransomware can be disturbing to individuals and companies. Even when the ransom is paid, there is no guarantee that data will be recovered and if they do, the data recovery process can be very costly in case specialists are to undertake the engagement.

It can affect business operational processes, thus leaving organizations or individuals without the much-needed data to operate.

 Ransomware is destructive and impactful in nature and scope. The economic and reputational impacts of ransomware attacks, throughout the initial disruption and, at times, extended recovery, have also proven challenging for large and small companies/organizations not excluding individuals.

  What to do in order to overcome Ransomware attacks

  • There is a need for a regular system, software, and antivirus updates
  • Training of users on the dangers of accessing suspicious emails
  • Backup data on a regular basis offline