Fighting the war against ransomware…With Oodrive by your side

28 June 2017

 

Following the WannaCry attack on May 12, 2017, which affected thousands of computers across the world, a new type of ransomware spread panic at multiple companies on June 27.  More than 2000 users were hit by a virus known as NotPetya or Petrwrap, according to Kaspersky Labs. The firms affected by the attack include manufacturer Saint-Gobin, French railway operator SNCF, retail group Auchan, Chernobyl power plant, and even the Kiev Metro.

 

What exactly is ransomware?
According to the French National Cybersecurity Agency (ANSSI), ransomware is a type of malicious software that seeks to obtain a ransom payment. To do that, the program constantly tries to prevent users from accessing their files by locking their system and providing instructions on how to pay the ransom.

 

Just like WannaCry, the ransomware exploits known vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system which not everyone has patched yet. But it also relies on OS utilities to spread, such as the central administrator functions of a computer fleet.

As a backup specialist with more than 15 years of experience, Oodrive supports and advises its customers – so you can let us worry about securing your sensitive data while you carry on with business as usual, even after an attack occurs.

By using the right tools and ensuring all your employees are applying best practice, you can protect your company’s IT systems. From VSBs to multinationals, any company is a potential target for hackers in today’s world. Together, we can make sure that it never happens to you.

 

 Cyberattacks and businesses: don’t let it happen to you

To prevent critical data from being lost when resuming operations, simply follow these vital steps:

How to protect yourself and deal with ransomware attacks:

  • Secure all accessIt is very rare for hackers to exploit more complicated and lesser known vulnerabilities. So your business needs to make sure that it installs updates systematically on its operating system, applications, and frameworks.
  • Use offline backup servers or an online backup tool. Attacks cannot reach these kinds of servers, because they are not connected and therefore inaccessible, or they are managed by a third party and therefore by other administrators. AdBackup is an online backup service that secures your data outside your own network. So your data is untouched by a ransomware attack.
  • Back up files regularly and carry out a Bare Metal Restore (BMR) to make sure you get up and running again in no time. With a BMR, you can restore an entire machine and OS on another computer. This is much quicker than restoring files alone. That means you can get back to business sooner. AdBackup offers two types of backup to guarantee you’re up and running again as swiftly as possible.
  • Compartmentalize your administration.NotPetya ransomware exploits a rather widespread business practice indeed – an administrator managing several PCs and servers within the company. Once a hacker uncovers the administrator’s credentials, the virus can access all the machines on the network. If administration is compartmentalized, the virus can access only a limited number of networked machines.
  • Never open attachments from an unknown sender.
  • Disconnect an infected networked machine immediately and contact the administrator.
  • If the network is infected,isolate the infected machines from the rest of the network, then restore the data on new machines to resume your business operations.

 

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