Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 54 - Page 55

EXPERT SPEAK
Ransomware attacks ranked in the top five cyberthreats in the region , while confidence in company preparedness lagged . A staggering 86 % of survey respondents believed they would be breached in the next 12 months .
Here are three things to keep in focus when implementing security measures :
1 . Emphasize the importance of cybersecurity training for all
Ransomware can spread through a system like wildfire , but it needs an entry point . For example , an infected email , email attachment or application . No matter their role , any member of an organization can lead the ransomware into the system .
Thorough , regular and up-to-date trainings on best cybersecurity practices are the best preventative measure to keeping system and profits safe . So , make sure the company ’ s cybersecurity plan affords it the resources it needs . nearly US $ 2 million per incident and have a global economic impact of over US $ 20 billion . Ransomware attacks rose by 93 % last year .
As citizens become increasingly acquainted with the value of their data , any negligence , misuse or lack of adequate protection has moved into the spotlight of possible issues for company boards across APJ . With class action and consumer groupled lawsuits on the rise , the responsibility to protect against ransomware and other cyberattacks that threaten user data and privacy has become more critical than ever for businesses .
The other reason that data and privacy have arisen as such crucial topics is timing . A Trend Micro survey found Asia Pacific to be the second-most vulnerable region in the world to cyberattacks , after North America .
The other reason that data and privacy have arisen as such crucial topics is timing . A Trend Micro survey found Asia Pacific to be the second-most vulnerable region in the world to cyberattacks , after North America .
2 . Keep anti-virus and malware software updated
Up-to-date anti-virus and malware software can help catch and eliminate the most common ransomware payloads . Like any software it needs frequent updates , but if used correctly it can keep your business ’ systems clean with minimal downtime and interruptions .
3 . Have a secure backup ready
If protections happen to fail and a business finds itself dealing with a ransomware attack , one can gain access to a system again by restoring it from a secure and reliable backup , saving the business from downtime , data loss and an often-expensive ransom .
Veeam ’ s ransomware protection , for example , can restore a business ’ data and system while adhering to compliance standards , with real time updates and alerts . Before restoring the system , the backup scans files for malware and provides flexible storage options for a range of files . •
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