Ransomware is a multi-million-dollar crime operation that seems to hit everyone from hospitals to police departments to more hospitals to IT Consultants…really?  Yes, unfortunately I’m not joking.  Cyber criminals don’t discriminate.  They’ve cast the proverbial line, and whomever bites gets infected.  But, ransomware removal doesn’t have to be difficult.  If you’re company is prepared for a cyber-attack, recovery is one seriously easy step away.  But first, some background…

How does ransomware work?

Ransomware removalRansomware is this global term for a style of malware designed to encrypt your files.  So, a common misconception is that cyber criminals “have your data.”  It’s simply not true.  Your data is still contained and safe – so to speak.  You just can’t access your data unless you pay a requested amount of money (ransom), get the encryption key (if you’re lucky) and unlock your data.  Ransomware can go by many names including AlphaCrypt, CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, and Netflix Logon Generator (my favorite) – just to name a few.

How much will ransomware cost me?

Well, the ransom demand itself could be $200 for an individual, or in the case of Hollywood Presbyterian hospital, $17,000.  However, in the case of Hollywood Presbyterian’s run in with ransomware, staff members were locked out of their computers for three days.  Similarly, when Gigabit Geek was hit with CryptoWall, 90% of their company files were locked down.  The ransom went unpaid.  Gigabit was forced to manually restore files, a process that took several weeks.  So, the real cost of ransomware, which makes a recovery plan vital to your business, is the downtime the lockout and cleanup causes.

But, my filtering and anti-virus will save me, won’t it?

Yes and no.  Again, ransomware is a multi-million-dollar crime operation.  Criminals have the smarts and cash flow to constantly innovate their crime spree.  In 2017, ransomware isn’t a question of if, but rather a question of when.  Having a plan for recovery is vital for all businesses – big and small.

So, tell me already.  What’s the simple one step to ransomware removal?

Easy.  The simplest, most effective way of recovering from a ransomware attack is a solid action plan combined with image-based backup.

Image-based backup allows for quick removal of infected data and recovery of server files.  Also, with image-based versus file-based backup, restoring operating systems, applications, and data goes quickly and smoothly.  Not sure if you are prepared?  We can help.

**P.S. With over 25 years of history supporting the IT needs of companies in San Antonio, ENTRUST has helped hundreds of organizations make IT work, make IT better, and make IT safe.  Our clients are prepared for ransomware, are you?