What To Do If Infected with Ransomware

Jordan Kadlec

What To Do If Infected with Ransomware.pngRansomware is a type of malware that targets your most important data for the sole purpose of extortion. Once the cyber attacker has access to the data and administration system, they demand a ransom payment before providing an avenue for the user to regain access. For this reason, it is advisable for all business owners to invest in preventive measures. However, what would you do if your network security measures fail? 

If your preventive measures fail and your system is infected with ransomware, start by isolating the infected computer as soon as you notice the infection. The infected system must be detached from the network to prevent the ransomware from attacking other computers or share drives. Continue to isolate other affected devices that have not been corrupted completely. This move prevents further damage and may allow for a clean recovery. Immediately secure your systems and data backup by taking them offline. Your backup should be free of any malware.

After securing your systems, contact law enforcement immediately. While they might not be able to help you much, they should be made aware of the crime.

If you can, change all online account and network passwords while recovering your data. To stop the ransomware product from loading, delete registry files and values.

Also, implement your business continuity plan and security incidence response. Serious organizations will invest in strong and appropriate backup systems. For such organizations, their response to a ransomware attack would be to restore their data from a clean backup. This means that having a data backup can eliminate the need to pay a ransom as you strive to recover your important business data.

However, if you are cornered by the attackers, you may have to pay the ransom to get your business running again. Evaluate your options and act to protect your employees, customers, business image, and shareholders.

However, you should know that paying ransom does not guarantee that you will get your data back. If you are able to regain your data, you have still become a successful target for the cyber attackers, which in turn encourages attackers to continue with the crime.

Bottom line

Prevention is better than cure. As such, it is important to invest in ransomware protection. For up-to-date network security, consider contacting WatchPoint Data for expert advice and protection.

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