Vulnerability Scanning – How Can Ransomware Attacks Be Prevented

Picture this: You’re working on a tribute video for your sister’s 30th wedding anniversary for the past few weeks. You have spent a lot of time collecting memorable photos and video clips, editing them, laying out a playlist of her favourite songs. It’s a project near to your heart – a labour of love.

Finally, the project is finished. All you have to do is copy the file onto a DVD, wrap a lovely bow around the CD cover and present to the DJ on the night of her party. But why is it taking so long for the file to be copied?

Message on Screen: “all files on this computer have been encrypted. You have 3 days to submit payment or files saved in the computer will be permanently destroyed.”

What will you do considering the anniversary video wasn’t back up? What will you do to receive other files that haven’t been backed up in months?

It Is Difficult To Unlock Encrypted Files – If Not Done By You

Once files are encrypted it becomes troublesome to undo – when it comes to ransom-ware. businesses choose one of two ways, cut their losses or pay-up the asked amount.

Australia based Lean Security cautions against paying-up as there is still no guarantee ransom-ware hackers will return the stolen files.

The stakes are even higher for businesses that haven’t yet to find their footing in the world.

How Vulnerability Scanning Can Help Businesses against Ransom-ware

Ransom-ware prevention is essential for every business. What are the steps you have taken for your business’s security against ransom-ware and other such attacks?

The first step towards better application security is to invest in cyber-security, a program that protects applications in real-time from advanced malware attacks such as WannaCry ransom-ware

Also lookout for services that help shield vulnerable programs from cyber threats and advanced espionage systems.

Implementing vulnerability scanning on all business applications will also help. Key security threats uncovered are:

  • Default installations of operating systems and applications
  • Poor internal network design and implementation
  • No change control procedures
  • No encryption or access control of sensitive information
  • Default ports and services left unmanaged/open
  • A non-existent auditing and monitoring policy

Do you think your IT department isn’t equipped to handle the worst if hackers decide to take your applications hostage? Enlist the help of secure vulnerability scanning service offered by Lean Security.

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