COVID-19 and Ransomware: Are your backups ready in case of an attack?


With the drastic changes that our society has felt on a global scale since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's no secret that a 'new normal' is materializing in real time. Organizations have had to rapidly adapt to remote working models on a moment's notice. This change has also inadvertently created a haven for hackers to take full advantage of potentially vulnerable systems and unsuspecting workers with a significant rise in phishing and ransomware attacks with COVID-19 rhetoric as the primary hook to lure people in. We published a post a few years ago on what to look out for in the event of a ransomware attack and the precautions are no different today.

In 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attacks affected more than 150 countries worldwide. With the threat of more attacks to come, we wanted to share some important reminders on how to protect your data from the dangers of ransomware.

Computer-related crime is becoming increasingly hostile.

This recent surge in ransomware attacks against organizations of all sizes has added a new sense of urgency to ever-increasing security worries while taking steps to ensure their data is protected from cyber extortion. Many studies report that since 2015, the threat of ransomware has increased by 165%.*

Ransomware is malicious code that uses advanced encryption algorithms to block system files and the attacker demands payment in exchange for the key that can decrypt the blocked content.

Protecting your data from cyber attacks

There are many ways to help protect your company against the latest ransomware attacks. However, attacks are evolving in complexity and should other security measures fail, leveraging an uncontaminated backup could become your last line of defense.

There’s no protection from ransomware without a secure backup

Beyond isolating the attack, one of the first questions a security professional will ask you when you report a ransomware attack is whether you have secure backups available. The good news is that there are some basic steps to protect your company and your data from the threat of ransomware.

These best practices will help you get started:

1. Backup all your data: Ensure you are backing up all your important data, including distributed data.