While they are many different types of cyber crime, ransomware remains the one keeping SecOps professionals up at night. Typically used for extortion purposes, ransomware essentially forces businesses and governmental agencies offline until a ransom is paid. Phishing emails remain a large source for this scourge; requiring companies to increase the cybersecurity awareness of every employee.
With ransomware protection in mind, here are a few insights on how to analyze the risk to your employer or client. Additionally, we include a few tips for protecting technical infrastructures from these attempts at online extortion. Understanding this information is ultimately important for your SecOps career!
Inform Your Coworkers About the Risk of Ransomware
Employee awareness plays a key role in protecting any organization from a ransomware attack. Whether or not your company provides information on ransomware protection, be sure your coworkers understand the risks. If not already provided, encourage your bosses to offer training in all forms of cybersecurity protection, especially ransomware.
Email Scanning and Spam Filters are Essential
As noted earlier, phishing emails are a major source of ransomware. Make sure your company installs high-quality spam filters for all incoming email. A proactive approach towards email scanning plays an essential role in protecting against this form of cyber crime.
Limit Network Administrator Access
Accounts with network administrator access must be limited to only the most relevant IT and SecOps personnel. After all, those accounts boast significant permissions able to damage any organization’s technical infrastructure. If one doesn’t already exist, formulate a policy greatly limiting network admin access.
Firewall Protection is Also Critical
A robust firewall also contributes to your employer’s overall protection against ransomware. Combine a firewall limiting access to your IT network with policies on what websites your coworkers are allowed to visit. When added to the strong email filtering approach mentioned earlier, expect robust protection as a result.
A Strong BYOD Policy is Another Must
Your coworkers accessing the company’s network using a mobile device is a major risk of cyber crime. The same concept applies to the home networks of remote workers. Make sure your employer has strong policies managing access under these scenarios. Also freely offer advice to your remote coworkers on protecting their home networks.
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