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2016’s Increase of Ransomware

By:Christine Fettinger

Over the last two years there has been a dramatic increase of ransomware attacks. Ransomware is a malicious software. Once it infects a server, it encrypts data – often down to the personal device level. Access to documents is restricted unless payment is made by the business attacked to the criminals behind the ransomware intrusion.


The truth is that ransomware is now a major security concern worldwide. The impact of ransomware is dramatic. It can interrupt the workflow of a company like yours by preventing access to the information that you need to do business. That is why it’s important to always create duplicates of your data assets. These include photographs, work documents, and even music. It’s no surprise that backup is one of the most neglected aspects of IT.

Targets of ransomware are random. Realistically, everyone is a target. There have been cases of disgruntled employees who’ve had a disagreement or quarrel with previous employers utilizing ransomware as a tool of revenge against their former employers. However, ransomware attackers are usually unknown to their marks and have been known to select silly things as their inspiration to deploy their malicious software, such as a username they fancy.

According to Backblaze, 30% of people have never backed up their important data.

Even losing your phone, camera, or tablet counts. All those devices can (and should be) backed up.

For the average user, the two easy ways to backup of their data are to either use an external device or to backup to the cloud. The external device can be an external hard drive or even an affordably-priced USB drive. Yes, this does work. The other option available is to backup online—in popular terms, backup to the “cloud”.

Although backup is essential to any personal or business security strategy, there are a few other things that you need to take into consideration for your protection against ransomware. They are:

  • Maintain the latest anti-virus software.
  • Avoid macros in email attachments.
  • Keep the operating system up-to-date.
  • Don’t click on strange, unsolicited emails.
  • Beware of pop-ups.

Paying the ransom to criminal perpetrators should never have to be the means to the resolution of a ransomware attack. With proper backup procedures in place, ransomware can be rendered ineffective as a tool for criminals to use in disrupting businesses and reaping monetary benefits.

It is important for companies like yours to backup on an enterprise level. Personal backup solutions commercially available do not afford the security necessary for business. Companies like CyberStreams can help you invest in a solid BCDR (business continuity and disaster recovery) program. This will set you up with the tools to protect yourself and your data against ransomware attacks. In addition to the setup of hardware and processes, CyberStreams can help you with the education of your employees to recognize suspicious activity and how to respond when they do spot it.

You do realize, that if your company becomes subject to a ransomware intrusion, all activity and productivity will come to a standstill until a solution is found. Protecting your company’s vital information appears to be a complicated task, but CyberStreams has a track record of helping companies just like yours work through these issues and protect their investment.

We know that the worry of ransomware is real and valid. Fortunately for you and your business, CyberStreams has fortified companies just like yours to repel such attacks and to be ready with solid off-site backup if an intrusion does occur. The expert team at CyberStreams are standing at the ready to assist you in preserving your investment and your company’s reputation.

Give CyberStreams a call today at (425) 2_74-1121 or send an email to They know how to set up the right infrastructure and processes to set your mind at ease and protect your company.