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

All organisations are at a risk of attacks, here are some ways to minimise the potential damage


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

Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and can target businesses both large and small. In fact, according to Verizon’s most recent data, the 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, ransom attacks were the most common variety of malware in 2017. 

Although there's no foolproof way of preventing ransomware attacks occurring, or the loss of your personal data in the event that they do, below there are several ways to protect your organisation from becoming a victim. 

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