The Dangers of Ransomware

Unless they are trained in IT or particularly tech savvy, most business owners have only a vague idea of the kinds of viruses and malware that can seriously compromise their company’s security. The reality is that protecting an enterprise-level IT structure from hackers and other cyber-risks is a full-time job that requires advanced technology. This becomes ever more true as these viruses become more advanced, more insidious, and greater in number.

One particularly vile type of malware is called ransomware. Its hallmark is the way it locks users out of a system or certain files, literally holding them for “ransom” until the user pays for a decryption code. Ransomware can make its way into a system when your users visit compromised websites, through spam attachments, “malvertising” campaigns or by way of exploit kits.

Once ransomware locks your system, you will usually see an on-screen message with instructions on how to pay the ransom and regain access to the locked files. Recently Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles found that a group of hackers had locked medical records and other sensitive files at a price of $17,000. The hospital ended up paying the ransom.

Is Your Business Vulnerable to Ransomware?

As hackers become more sophisticated and creative, businesses must respond with heightened security measures and constant network monitoring, down to individual users. The reality is that most companies do not have strong enough network security infrastructures to handle these attacks. That’s why it’s recommended that you hire a professional to protect your network, servers and desktops from hackers. BCS offers 24/7 remote network monitoring that can give you and your staff peace of mind when it comes to threats like ransomware. Our network monitoring services include the following benefits:

  • Remote monitoring
  • Remote automation
  • 100% technician mobility
  • Virtual machine management
  • Self-healing network technology
  • Individual desktop and server monitoring/protection

As a business owner, you have too much on your plate to also have to worry about hacking attempts and important files being held for ransom. Let BCS monitor your network and protect you from security breaches and downtime. Call now at 1 (800) 365-8067 or contact us online.