With data incidences happening at an alarming rate, IT support providers in Long Island have taken the initiative of enlightening businesses about the two major threats of ransomware and data breaches. In the past, it was not so common to hear complaints about data being held hostage. Today, ransomware cases have spread all over the world and people are always talking about them.
In a ransomware attack, most people will try to save their data and clean their computers. However, businesses have to do more than just saving their data, especially if they deal with personally identifiable information (PII). Ransomware here may possibly imply a data breach, requiring further actions apart from simply saving the data. Long Island IT services providers offer insight into what ransomware is and cases when it becomes a data breach.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is malicious software, which infects a computer and prevents the user from accessing data in it until the ransom is paid. The user may be given a short time to pay up the ransom, failure to which the data will be deleted. Cybercriminals will use cloud-based documents or emails to send attachments, which upon clicking or opening launches the malware on the user’s computer system. Once it has been launched, the perpetrator view, copy, hold hostage, or even delete the files on the specific computer.
The primary threat of ransomware for individuals may be the loss of valuable data, and this is enough to make them pay the ransom.
However, according to IT support providers in Long Island, it goes beyond just losing the data. Apart from losing valuable data, if employees cannot access data, they may be facing downtime, resulting in big losses in terms of revenue generation. For businesses that handle PII data, the ransomware escalates to a possible data breach. The affected company must activate its data breach protocol by notifying all affected parties and the relevant bodies.
How Does Ransomware Operate?
If your system is infected, find out what the perpetrator has been able to access, whether they can view the data and copy it or if it only denies you access to the data. If the perpetrator has accessed, viewed or taken the PII, then the ransomware is treated as a data breach.
IT support providers in Long Island advise businesses to be ready to act when ransomware strikes, but take precautionary measures to avoid falling victim. Most importantly, once attacked, find out whether it is just ransomware or a possible data breach. Contact us at Total Technology Solutions to learn more about ransomware and data breaches.