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10 Best Defenses Against Ransomware

Defense against Ransomware
Update software and operating systems with the latest patches.

One of the simplest yet most effective measures against ransomware is regularly updating your software and operating systems with the latest patches since cybercriminals often target outdated applications and systems. Keeping your systems up to date ensures security gaps and vulnerabilities are patched, making it much harder for attackers to find a way in.

Vulnerability scanning.

Routine scanning can help identify vulnerabilities in your systems and applications before attackers can exploit them.

Never click on links or open attachments in unsolicited emails.

Phishing emails are a common tactic used by cybercriminals to trick users into clicking on malicious links or downloading infected attachments. It’s essential to verify the sender and email content before clicking links or downloading files. If you ever receive an email from an unknown sender or a source you don’t recognize, it’s best to delete it immediately and warn your colleagues.

Back up data regularly on a separate device and store it offline.

Regularly backing up your data is an essential precaution to minimize the risk of data loss due to ransomware. Keeping a copy of your data on a separate device and storing it offline will help you recover your data after a ransomware attack. It is also crucial to test your backup system regularly to ensure the data can be restored when needed.

Network monitoring.

Network monitoring involves watching your network for suspicious activity and responding to any detected threats.

Follow safe practices when using devices that connect to the internet.

Safe practices when using devices that connect to the internet include:

·      Avoiding public Wi-Fi networks.

·      Not downloading files from untrusted sources.

·      Ensuring your firewall is turned on.

·      Use a secure web-browser.

Security awareness training.

Regular security awareness training can help educate your employees to identify and avoid phishing emails and other common cyberthreats. 88% of all breaches have a human element, and 80% of organizations who implemented security awareness training saw a decrease in phishing vulnerabilities within 12 months (Proofpoint 2021)

Anti-phishing and email security protocols and tools.

These can include email filters that can help block malicious emails before they reach your inbox. For those emails that do manage to slip through, this is where your security awareness training will pay off.

Strong password policies and good password hygiene.

This involves implementing password policies that require users to create strong, unique passwords and regularly change them. Opting for password-less passwords, 2FA, or using a password manager can all add a layer of defense to your confidential information.

Endpoint detection and response (EDR / XDR).

EDR focuses on monitoring endpoints, such as desktops, laptops and mobile devices, for suspicious activity and responding to any detected threats.

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Steve Brittain
Steve Brittain
Municipal Manager, Select Engineering Consultants
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Daniel Elliot
Operations Lead, Omni-McCann Geoscience
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Framewerx rescued my company from obsolete digital file management and brought us into the 21st century with cloud services in an efficient manner. Kalyn and his team at Framewerx were able to provide solutions for merging two corporate entities with vastly different digital file management and email servers in a seamless manner while providing top quality support during and after the transition to all employees. They provided training so that everyone understood new operating protocols and software changes. Framewerx has been very responsive and has always been keen to work with us to understand our business, IT needs, and financial restrictions. We continue to work with Framewerx for all of our IT, phone system, and data storage needs.
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Karim Mouait
Vice President, Cornerstone Insurance Brokers Ltd
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We used Framewerx to transition our traditional office to a virtual one. This included VOIP, call recording, video conferencing, VPN, remote working from home accommodations etc. Dan and his team did a fantastic job. They are extremely responsive and client service oriented.
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Kimberly MaberManaging Partner, Brunsdon Lawrek & Associates
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I have worked with Kalyn and his team for many years. He has readily handled all of our IT needs, from designing our IT strategy to our day to day computing requirements and support. Kalyn takes the time to listen to and understand our needs, delivering cost-effective and innovative IT solutions for our small business. I highly recommend working with Kalyn at Framewerx.
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