March 16

How Cyber Security Techniques Against Phishing Also Help Prevent Ransomware

Cyber security designed to prevent phishing software will certainly stop malicious cybercriminals from installing malware on your network. Such security will also reduce corporate espionage, adware, spyware, and other security risks. One of the biggest things phishing prevention strategies do, however, is stop ransomware.

What’s the Link?

Phishing can be done in multiple ways, but primarily, hackers use varying techniques to obtain access credentials so they can sneak into your network under the guise of legitimacy.

They might steal money directly, but oftentimes what phishing is all about is getting ransomware software onto a business’s network. Once that’s done, the ransomware will either infect the specific unit onto which it has been loaded or propagate itself throughout the network.

How Bad Can Ransomware Be?

Some ransomware is going to be more pernicious than other kinds. One of the most well-known worms of the last three years came from North Korea and was called WannaCry.

This ransomware worm didn’t require someone to be taken in by a phishing scam; it simply snuck in through a backdoor contained on SMB ports of certain devices. This vulnerability was supposedly released in some sort of leak.

Read more: How Automated Patch Management Reduces Your Cyber Security Risk

That leak transpired in March of 2017, by May the worm was out, and by the time it had run its course, over 150 countries were affected. What’s the most interesting about the whole affair is that the virus was definitely concocted by the North Korean government.

No private interests have the resources or freedom to do such a thing otherwise in that country. What this means is that some ransomware is actually backed by rogue governments and has some serious firepower behind it.

Ransomware as a Service (RaaS)

There are actually cloud-based services built around ransomware, and you can bet some of those builds include phishing email suites set for automation. We’re talking turnkey ransomware phishing software that automatically spreads itself and manages contacts like customer relationship management (CRM) software does.

It’s absolutely integral for your business to take appropriate cyber security action to protect yourself against that level of threat. You need to properly train staff pertaining to common security issues and how to prevent them. Additionally, you want:

  • Firewalls
  • Antivirus software
  • Sandboxing automation
  • Monitoring and support
  • Backup and disaster recovery (BDR)

These things are fundamental, but additionally, you want to be sure you keep security suites updated. Consultation can help you determine what’s absolutely necessary.

Phishing and Ransomware Protection Solutions

Cyber security through Total Technology Solutions can help you determine which education and security solutions best fit the needs of your business. Substantial cybersecurity risks are out there, and best practices are known to offset them— but they must be routinely upgraded. Contact us for more information.

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