Ransomware is among the biggest cybersecurity problems faced by individuals and businesses today. It is a kind of dangerous software that encrypts files on anything from an individual PC up to a whole network, including servers. Users are left with few options; they can either recover access to their encrypted network by paying a ransom to the criminals behind the ransomware, or pray that there is a decryption key readily available. Otherwise, victims often start from scratch.

Such is the problem of being online. Organizations and individual users can no longer live without going digital, but this same tool that allows companies to compete is also the very same tool that hackers use to victimize them.

Most of the time, ransomware infections begin with an unsuspecting employee inside the company clicking on what appears like a legitimate attachment. However, the harmless-looking attachment then downloads a malicious payload and attacks the network.

Hackers usually target small and medium-sized businesses

Cybercriminals often target small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) rather than large corporations for the simple fact that SMBs do not have the same substantial budget for cybersecurity that big companies have. For hackers, SMBs are the easier prey.

Other ransomware attacks by hackers employ software flaws, cracked passwords, and other weaknesses to obtain access to organizations. They use weak spots like remote desktop logins and internet-facing servers to get access. The hackers will search through the network until they control it before encrypting all files.

While it can be a major problem for companies of all sizes, bigger companies have more sophisticated security measures. That is something most SMBs cannot afford. Their IT teams are smaller and cannot handle more complex malware.

Should you pay the ransom?

If you ask the authorities, they will always tell you not to pay the ransom. It has always been that way as a government policy to discourage would-be hijackers. Paying ransom naturally encourages criminals to launch more attacks. The same is true in the cyber world.

While many companies do not pay, many others succumb to the pressure because these files are extremely crucial to their operations. Losing access to them could cause them millions of dollars and a good reputation. 

However, paying these criminals is no guarantee you will regain access to your files. After all, they are criminals, and criminals are known to renege on their end of the bargain.

So, what should you do then? The best way to deal with ransomware is to avoid it altogether.

If you are a small business owner, Remtek Solutions is the ideal partner in cybersecurity for your company

Remtek Solutions keeps a tight lock on all of your network infrastructures to ward off intruders that could ruin you financially. They have partnered with Microsoft and Datto to ensure you get the best quality IT services.

For a free network audit, call Remtek Solutions at (888) 307-1953.