ransomwareRansomware comes without a warning. It’s not like a cold where you start with a sore throat and maybe some sniffles. It’s a surprise infection and you typically find out when it is too late; when your files are encrypted and you get a nasty popup message to pay up or lose it all. So how can you reduce the probability if there are no warning signs?

Your employees are one of the main tools you can use to defend against all ransomware and malware. How can people reduce this risk? Security Awareness training can reduce malicious activities by 70%. It’s just like teaching your employees a new job function, and it’s a process. The employees will learn to identify fake emails and avoid the infection of a ransomware by doing so. On average, it takes more than 66 days before new behavior becomes a habit.

Here are some quick tips on how to reduce Ransomware infections by identifying fake emails:

Look at the following areas in an email closely…

  • Subject Line – Are there spelling errors? Did you request this email or follow up?
  • To & From Fields – Do you know the contact? If yes, call them and verify they sent you the email. If no, then it is probably not real.
  • Time Field – Is the time late in the night? Is this normal behavior to receive that type of email that late?
  • Body of the Message – Does it sense urgency? It might be fake. Examples of this would be something like “I need you to wire money now,” or “click here now to update your ssn or account number.”
  • URL’s in the Email – Are they pointing to the right website? Don’t click to check it out, research or send the email to your IT Department for further review.

Email is just one form on how your organization could be vulnerable to ransomware. There are many ways a hacker can access information, which is why Security Awareness training doesn’t stop at the list above. We recommend that you contact us for a complementary consultation so we can discuss how to improve your Security posture.