Adopt good IT practices to protect your business assets - for little cost!

As an anxious world waits to see who next will be hit by the latest Ransomware attack (maybe you?) a number of "didn't do's" are emerging from major corporations and institutions who have been brought to a standstill.

And they are pretty basic!

Like ensuring you have applied all the latest Microsoft updates to your servers, computers, laptops and other Windows based devices.

Making sure your security software is up-to-date and includes endpoint protection or at the very least an anti-ransomware product such as Sophos Intercept X.

It's really cheap and really effective - so there is no real excuse to be unprotected and to put your business at risk.

Here's a list of basic "Must Do's" that will keep ransomware at bay and are commonsense practices Every business should be implementing regardless of what has happened during the past 24 hours.

  1. Backup regularly and keep a recent backup copy off-site. There are dozens of ways other than ransomware that files can suddenly vanish, such as fire, flood, theft, a dropped laptop or even an accidental delete. Be preprared!

  2. Encrypt your backup and you won’t have to worry about the backup device falling into the wrong hands.

  3. Don’t enable macros in document attachments received via email. Microsoft deliberately turned off auto-execution of macros by default many years ago as a security measure. A lot of malware infections rely on persuading you to turn macros back on, so don’t do it!

  4. Be cautious about unsolicited attachments. The crooks are relying on the dilemma that you shouldn’t open a document until you are sure it’s one you want, but you can’t tell if it’s one you want until you open it. If in doubt, leave it out!

  5. Patch early, patch often. Malware that doesn’t come in via document macros often relies on security bugs in popular applications, including Office, your browser, Flash and more. The sooner you patch, the fewer open holes remain for the crooks to exploit.

  6. Use Sophos Intercept X, which stops ransomware in its tracks by blocking the unauthorized encryption of files.

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