How to respond to ransomware threats | 9 steps to limit the damage done by ransomware

Ransomware attacks can have devastating consequences. A sensible response will minimise the damage

The NHS ransomware attack last week showed everyone how devastating the effects of ransomware can be and how vulnerable all organisations are to the threat.

Research by cyber security firm Malwarebytes revealed that 54 percent of surveyed businesses had been targeted by such attacks in the last year, and Kaspersky Lab named the growth of ransomware the "story of the year" for 2016.

The term describes malicious software that encrypts all the data on a user’s system within three minutes of entry. A ransom is then requested in return for the encryption keys to access it.

The loss of personal data can be out of your hands once the ransomware enters, and victims normally prefer to pay the ransom rather than lose their files forever.

Hope is not lost. There are a number of preventative measures that can be taken to avoid becoming another victim after the attack.

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