How to respond to a ransomware attack: A guide for businesses

All organisations are at a risk of attack, here's some ways to respond quickly

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Ransomware attacks can cause huge consequences to business systems, but knowing how to respond to an attack is a good way to minimise the level of danger they could cause.

Ransomware is a class of malware that locks down systems with encryption and demands payment to return the files, but there's no guarantee that paying will work. Once they have successfully encrypted files, recovering that data can be extremely difficult.

Over the past year, the drastic increase of ransomware has made organisations more aware of the risks to their business. However, identifying the vulnerabilities is where some tend to fall short.

The NHS ransomware attack in 2017 was a clear example of how vulnerable any organisation is to the threat, whether big or small. It was just one victim of the massive WannaCry attack, which targeted over 200,000 systems around the world, causing disruption to international businesses like FedEx.

Although there's no guarantee against ransomware attacks or the loss of your personal data, there are several ways to protect your organisation from becoming victim to an attack.

Here are some tips on how to respond in the likely event of a ransomware attack.

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