When a ransomware attacks a business, most of the times they are able to infiltrate through an opening created by an employee. Cybercriminals love to trick naïve employees through various tactics. Thus, ransomware removal experts emphasize the need for cybersecurity awareness among employees. There are certain training strategies that can help you to tackle this conundrum.
Fake Phishing Campaigns
Cybercriminals often pose as a friend, family or stranger to an employee and trick them into revealing sensitive information about either themselves or the organization. The employee accidently leaks out such information, considering it as harmless but cybercriminals are smart enough to use them to attack the systems of a company with ransomware. Often phishing campaigns are used in such cases where employees are directed to a website where they type their login details which are sent to the hackers.
Organizations can escape this predicament by testing their employees with fake phishing campaigns where security experts of an organization can try to hack their own employees. Employees can then be educated about how they were attacked and thus it will help them to detect and remove ransomware when a real cyber criminal attacks.
One cannot always run away from a ransomware or cyberattack. Even the best ransomware removal experts feel vulnerable against it. Thus, organizations should try to stress the importance of contingency plans, primarily a backup.
Employees should be trained to create a physical or cloud backup of their data daily so when they are hit upon by a ransomware attack, they can calmly focus their efforts to remove ransomware without having any worry related to the encrypted data.
Many employees, especially the aged ones and those with minimum or zero IT knowledge, keep extremely weak passwords. Passwords like “123456” or “abcd123” are still a reality in today’s world. These weak passwords help the attackers to easily crack an employee’s account as they infiltrate his/her organization and stealthily infect their system by locking the important files through a ransomware.
Thus, organizations should try to educate their employees about strong passwords. This may seem like a minor training point but it can help an organization massively to evade a ransomware attack.
If your business operations are connected to the internet in any way, then you should certainly try to educate your employees with these latest strategies so they can effectively detect and remove ransomware.