BEWARE: Ransomware Attacks Are on the Rise!
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is one of the most crippling forms of online attack today. It typically begins with attackers sending their victims an email that includes a link or a file that appears innocuous but contains dangerous malware.
Once a victim clicks on the link or opens the attachment, the computer becomes infected. The program encrypts the computer, essentially locking the user out of files, folders and drives on that computer. In some cases, the entire network the computer is connected to can become infected. The victim then receives a message demanding payment in exchange for attackers unlocking the system. The payment is usually requested in Bitcoin, a form of digital currency.
It’s important to note that the virus may lie in wait for days or even months before unleashing its destructive payload, making it even more difficult to trace back to the source.
We believe that, in addition to effective backups, the best protection is user education. Below are a couple of helpful resources that users can read and use to help safeguard your company.
With the most recent attacks experienced by our customers and the devastating effects it can have, Synergy is offering a free educational webinar delivered by our leading experts to share best practices when working with SQL Server databases and how you should be backing up to secure your data.
If you’re looking for alternate solutions, we’ll also be discussing options to host your environment in the Synergy Cloud to provide an added layer of security taking the worry off your organization while also freeing up valuable IT resources.