[Whitepaper] Preventing a Ransomware Disaster

Ransomware is not just another cyberattack. It can quickly proliferate through shared folders, affecting both those within and outside the infected organization. All in all, it is costing businesses millions of dollars each year.

Ransomware gains access to a computer system by way of a network’s weakest link, which is typically a user’s email or social networking site. Once a user clicks on a malicious link or opens an infected attachment, the malware spreads throughout the system. Once opened, fake PDF files, fabricated FedEx and UPS notices, and fraudulent financial institution correspondence that are infected with malware can quickly bypass an organization’s network security and spread beyond the local system through network drives and other endpoints tied to file sync and share tools such as Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

According to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), cybercriminals who use ransomware are so effective because they instill fear and panic into their victims, in part by displaying intimidating messages.

The gist of ransomware is simple: if you don’t pay the ransom, you forfeit access to your computer and the data that’s on it. And you further forfeit access for others to shared documents and data, compounding the impact exponentially. To make matters even more complicated, victims who pay the ransom still might not get their files back.


Preventing a Ransomware Disaster

In addition to internal systems, organizations need to consider their endpoints like G Suite and Microsoft Office 365, which contain data that is critical for employees to function.

Download our new whitepaper to learn more about what you can do to protect your organization from ransomware and malware.