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Ransomware: A Disturbing New Trend in Cybersecurity

A recent rash of ransomware attacks on hospitals has shown the need for strong cybersecurity measures even at places not normally considered a high-value target for hackers. While ransomware isn’t new technology, its use as a tool for extortion is on the rise.

Photo: Ransomware locks you out of your data

Ransomware locks you out of your data unless you agree to a hacker’s demands. Working Nets can help protect your business and customers.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to vital software or data, requiring a key or piece of code to unlock. It’s commonly used by hackers to extort their target — if you pay the hacker’s ransom, they’ll give you the key and you’ll be able to access your software or data. It’s been used recently in high-profile attacks against hospitals, banks and individuals.

Am I Vulnerable to Ransomware?

Probably. New forms of malware are created constantly, and it’s hard to keep track of which kinds of attacks could affect you. In some cases, malware has been inserted into run-of-the-mill software available for free online. Be sure you know what you (and your employees!) are downloading and installing before you become a target. Without a good IT support structure maintaining your cybersecurity system — keeping your anti-virus software up-to-date and watching your network back-end for attempted intrusions, for example — you could be under attack without knowing it.

How Can I Protect My Business from Ransomware?

Hiring good IT staff or an IT service like Working Nets is the first step you should take. We know the ins and outs of cybersecurity and can help you ensure your business and your data are safe from attackers.

Want to integrate the newest anti-virus/malware protection into your business?

At Working Nets, we know that handling the cybersecurity for a business while actually keeping that business running can seem impossible, especially in the daunting face of cyber-attacks against much larger businesses. Outsourcing your IT can give you peace of mind and allow you to take care of the things that are important for your company.

Working Nets is a Maryland based IT Service and Security company that services small businesses nationwide. We’re always on top of emerging cybersecurity trends and threats so you don’t have to be. Contact us to find out how we can be of cyber-service to you!

SOURCE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/03/29/hacking-hospitals-and-holding-hostages-cybersecurity-in-2016/#5702c503e2ee