During Cyber Insurance Awareness Month, our team at Strate Insurance Group wants to make sure that you, your family, and your business are prepared against cyber attacks. Today, we’re going to talk about Ransomware.
Here are some quick tips on how to protect your business and from a ransomware attack.
First, maintain an offline, encrypted backup of your data sources and test those backups regularly.
Conduct a regular vulnerability scan of your entire network. You can use an IT vendor to do this for you; sometimes insurance carriers will also do this on your behalf. They’ll point out weak points in your network and suggest ways you can strengthen your security.
Train your employees to recognize and report something that might be suspicious. Cyber criminals are using new tactics to trick their victims, so your team needs to be aware of the latest types of scams.
If you work with third-party providers or other MSPs, make sure you are aware of their cyber hygiene practices. If something happens to their network, you could be affected. It’s important to educate yourself and ask questions of the people you work with.
Lastly, implement multi factor authentication for a lot of your services—in particular e-mail, private networks, and accounts that give you access to critical data. Multifactor authentication, or MFA, is very simple. It provides a second layer of protection that allows you to log in, whether it’s through an e-mail link, text, or another method.
Stay vigilant everyone. If you implement these practices and make sure you’re getting sound advice from your IT provider, you’ll be in a much better place to protect your business against cyber and ransomware attacks.