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Protecting your USVI company from ransomware begins with putting the appropriate IT infrastructure in place. This means ensuring you update your software on a regular basis and monitor your network at all times. Consistent training on cybersecurity concerns is also an important step to take on your journey to a secure environment. Business continuity and comprehensive disaster recovery are essential so that you can recover in case of an attack on your data. You can engage with Pulse Technology for a free evaluation and technical assessment to ensure your system has the capability to protect your business from sophisticated hackers. Your reputation depends on it.
Businesses in SW Florida, Puerto Rico and USVI run the risk of losing up to a week of downtime due to the need to retrieve lost data — often with tech working around the clock. This means that employers are idle and business comes to a standstill. Sometimes, not all files can be recovered, which can raise legal issues, not to mention a breach of trust with customers, clients and vendors. Rather than be pushed back to square one in building confidence among your consumers, it’s better to be proactive about fending off ransomware attacks.
Actually, employee education is one of the key elements to ward off ransomware attempts. The people who work for you are can actively stop malware infiltration by avoiding compromising files and links. A strong security strategy plus an informed workforce go a long way toward developing safe practices, spotting and reporting warning signs and responding quickly to a threat.
It’s vitally important to keep access to privileged accounts to a minimum. This means limiting the ability of users to install applications on any devices connected to the network. By practicing heightened awareness, you can avert malicious attacks by hapless or ill-meaning employees.
Backups are a crucial step to reduce the threat of malware. Store backup data on an independent device that can be used to restore your records if you’re attacked by ransomware. Small businesses often turn to IT professionals to manage their recovery plans.
“It’s time to face the fact that those times when your technology acts up, you don’t have the time to spare waiting around for the issue to just go away…you need to react. Many small businesses just don’t have the means to maintain an in-house IT resource to solve their problems,” according to Pulse Technologies.
Automate antivirus and anti-malware programs and scan all devices regularly to keep your operating systems running efficiently. Here are the top priorities when it comes to protecting your network from cyber attacks:
In reality, ransomware typically enters a network when a user opens a malicious link or email. You can mitigate this risk through awareness and training efforts and policies.
Advise employees to refrain from clicking on pop-up messages or even opening emails from unknown sources. Caution is advised while opening any attachments or downloading files attached to emails, no matter who they come from.
Files can mask viruses or executables that enable software that compromises the security of your firm. If a link looks like it is legitimate, you can hover over it with the mouse (don’t click!). A window will show the real URL — if it doesn’t match the display link, don’t open it.
Pulse Technologies proudly provides IT support to businesses in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, Saint John, Water Island and every populated island and cay in between.