The Three Step Strategy For Defending Your Computer Against Ransomware

What is the optimal strategy to address the ransomware threat? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.Answer by John Kuhn, Manager, IBM X-Force Services, Senior Threat Researcher, on Quora:When it comes to ransomware, the key to protecting yourself lies in three very important pillars of cybersecurity: preparation, prevention, and practice. Without diligent attention and effort put into all three of these, you may find yourself being a victim of an attack that you are unable to recover from without significant damage to your business or personal assets. Fortunately, with a little effort now, even if you find yourself in the unlucky position of having your critical information held for ransom, you won’t have to ask yourself the question, “What happens if I don’t pay the ransom?”Preparation:Properly segment your network so that critical assets are protected from less secure areas of your networks. This will help prevent the spread of ransomware through your system. Trust me when I say that having one system affected by ransomware is far better than having an entire network affected.Ensure that you are frequently and regularly backing up all of your critical information. These backups should ideally be stored offsite. If storing offsite is not a possibility, then the backups should be isolated from your production network. This can include sending your backups to a trusted cloud provider or to a properly segmented portion of your network

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