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Why Small Businesses Are a Target for Ransomware

Ransomware continues to be one of the most prevalent threats in the cyber security industry year after year.

Ransomware continues to be one of the most prevalent threats in the cyber security industry year after year. In 2021, ransomware cost mid-sized businesses $1.85 million after paying the ransom and covering all of the costs of damages, and lost opportunity. Beyond that, a company’s reputation takes a huge hit in the wake of a ransomware attack. 2021 saw an increase of 92.7% from the year before. If that number continues to rise, your company’s cyber security needs to be a top priority for 2022. 

Most people won’t know how to negotiate with ransomware hackers. It puts business owners in a tough position. If they pay the hackers, they prove that ransomware can be a very lucrative attack. If they don’t pay, hackers can leak private information and networks can take months to repair. If ransomware news gets to the customers, even more damage can occur. There are no happy endings when it comes to ransomware attacks. 

So, how do ransomware attacks happen? They are most often the second stage of an attack in which malware was downloaded onto the system. Phishing attacks are commonly used to get someone on the network to click a link emailed to them from an imposter account. Ransomware hackers often know who to impersonate to get at least one person to click their links.  

Ransomware attacks on small businesses are even more damaging. With fewer resources and often less security, the attacks can have a devastating effect. These types of attacks are not random, they are targeted and planned out. Ransomware targeting small businesses know exactly how much they can potentially get from their targets. The first step in protecting your small business from ransomware is understanding your security vulnerabilities. Trava Security has the tools needed to scan and assess your network security so you can prepare for ransomware attacks in 2022.

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Ransomware Protection

Due to the rapid increase in ransomware attacks, businesses are looking for ransomware protection anywhere they can. The problem is, there is no perfect defense from ransomware. There are a number of reputable cyber security companies that offer the “best ransomware protection product,” but hackers are crafty. If there is even the slightest mistake in the coding of the antivirus software, attackers will find and exploit it.

When ransomware first came on to the scene several years ago, some companies made their ransomware protection free to the public. The problem with these programs was that they bogged up processors, slowing systems down too much to effectively run businesses. These days, ransomware protection services are much more efficient and often utilize multiple methods of detection to find and eliminate ransomware before it does too much damage. 

The ransomware protection windows 10 offers is adequate for home networks, but any larger than that and it might not help much. Ransomware protection for business networks needs to be a bit more robust. Acronis ransomware protection is a good example because it comes with data recovery services.

If you want to know how to check ransomware attack in pc files, start with a professional service. The best form of protection from ransomware is prevention. Trava Security’s vulnerability scanner will tell you where your security is weakest, giving you time and resources to strengthen your defenses. 

Ransomware Decryptor

From the ongoing battle between cyber security companies and hackers came the ransomware decryptor. Ransomware works by quietly encrypting sensitive data and files to lock out the owners of those files until they pay the ransom for an encryption key. Decryptor tools work to break those encryption so the victim never has to buy the key.

Security companies have decided to take the abuse from ransomware no more. Ransomware decryptor tools are being developed by these organizations as fast as they can build them. The Kaspersky ransomware decryptor is free and offers keys to a number of common ransomware attacks. The Emsisoft decryptor is another free collection of keys. They are currently leading the way in developing a DJVU ransomware decryptor. DJVU ransomware was previously considered “uncrackable” making it very dangerous. 

As companies work to fight back against hackers, the best decryption software is one that is constantly being updated. For the development of the ransomware decrypt tool, 2021 saw a significant leak in ransomware source code that led to many keys being recovered. As a unified effort, you can find a ransomware decrypt tool online for free. The ransomware needs to be deleted with an antivirus software before a decryption tool can be used. 

Ransomware Removal

The first step to recovering from an attack is removing the ransomware from your network. Ransomware removal is difficult. The big cyber security companies are still learning how to remove ransomware virus and restore the files on infected systems. This is because of the many different ransomware viruses being developed. 

Avast offers ransomware removal free to anyone. It isn’t perfect, but it does work on less complex ransomware codes that have still proven to be very dangerous. They also offer a ransomware removal tool Windows 7, 8, and 10 can be saved with. In those cases of ransomware removal, Windows 10 offers built in detection tools to fix the problem as soon as it starts. 

Ransomware removal services are getting more effective each year. They are built to work in tandem with a decryption tool. Delete the threat first with the ransomware removal tool, decrypt the infected files after that. To do that, you need a tool that knows how to remove ransomware from your system. Even the best ransomware removal tool is even better if it knows where to look. Trava Security offers a vulnerability scanner that will show you exactly where you are most vulnerable to attack.

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Ransomware Wiki

There is a lot of information about ransomware attacks. The ransomware wiki offers a very detailed outline involving the history of ransomware, the state of it today, and the projected future of the cyber threat. As with other wiki pages, the sources for their data are mostly linked at the bottom of the page, allowing readers to delve deeper into any data that seemed particularly important. 

The page goes into a detailed history of all of the types of ransomware attacks individually. It summarizes some of the important targets of attacks throughout the years. The page most notably highlights recent ransomware attacks and how they affected the victims and changed the security protocols for dealing with ransomware. It even references the Darkside ransomware attacks 2021 was shaken by. 

Wiki pages like this one are well maintained and updated regularly with new information. Utilizing them to understand more about what your business is up against is never a bad idea. The more you know, the better you can protect your business and your sensitive data. Trava’s vulnerability scanner is a great way to better understand how to get your security up to speed. 

Ransomware 2021

To better understand the current state of ransomware, 2021 statistics show us a frightening projection of what we are up against in the coming years. The increase in ransomware 2021 experienced was nearly double that of 2020 according to the Sophos State of Ransomware 2021 report. The document outlines the cost of ransomware 2021 paid out and ransomware trends 2022 can expect.

As for ransomware statistics, 2022 is projected to eclipse the numbers set in 2021. When you look closer at the numbers in 2021, that becomes a harrowing statement. For example, hospital ransomware attacks. 2021 saw 34% of healthcare facilities report a ransomware attack of some kind. Hospitals can’t afford not to pay lest they endanger their patients’ lives. Based on the ransomware statistics 2021, FBI and its Internet Crime Complaint Center cited ransomware as a top threat to security moving forward.

It is clear that ransomware poses a major threat for the foreseeable future. There are ways to hopefully come back from them, but the best course of action is focused prevention. Preventing ransomware starts with Trava Seurity’s vulnerability scan. Knowing where your protections are weakest can keep you one step ahead of ransomware hackers. 

Wannacry Ransomware Attack

One of the most important ransomware attacks in history was the infamous Wannacry Ransomware attack of 2017. This was a global attack that likely cost the world billions of dollars. According to a Wannacry ransomware attack case study, the attack infected over 230,000 computers worldwide, including some in the U.K.’s National Health Service.

It was later reported in one of the ransomware articles published by BBC News that the U.S. and U.K. blamed North Korea for the attack. This attack may have brought ransomware, and its effectiveness, to the mainstream news. Since 2017 there has been a sharp increase in ransomware attacks. As stated above, the number of attacks has nearly doubled in the past 12 months alone. 

The best way to protect against ransomware attacks is to maximize the efficiency of your security. Small businesses are at a high risk of ransomware attacks in 2022 for a number of reasons. Stop the attack before it ever starts with the help of Trava’s vulnerability assessment. Identifying weak points in your security is the best way to ward off hackers. Click here to learn more about how a Trava vulnerability assessment can protect your small business today.

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