We’ve talked before about using proper data protection strategies to protect yourself from ransomware. This is important, because if there’s no free online decryptor for your files, you will want to be able to restore them from backup so that you don’t have to pay the criminal. Still, the best thing you can do is deploy multiple layers of security throughout your infrastructure and make sure your end-users are aware of the risks. According to a recent survey, less than half of ransomware victims fully recover all of their data after restoring from backup. This is largely due to user error on the backup configuration, or backups getting encrypted before the IT department finds the infection. Additionally, you may inadvertently leak sensitive data to an outside party during the restoration or decryption process, exposing yourself to further types of financial loss.
Cyber criminals exploit a variety of vulnerabilities like email, network traffic, user behavior, and application traffic, to insert malware. Protecting yourself from a vulnerability through one of these vectors is a good start, but without a comprehensive security strategy that secures all vectors, from all the advanced threats, you are almost certain to fall victim to these devastating attacks. Simply put, cyber criminals are indiscriminate in their targets, and will gladly extort your data for a hefty ransom.
Barracuda offers powerful tools to detect advanced threats and vulnerabilities already lurking in your infrastructure. Barracuda’s comprehensive portfolio of solutions works together to help you detect, prevent, and recover from ransomware attacks.