When it comes to technology, often the most practical day-to-day solution is for your firm to keep up – that means keeping up with things such as security updates, software patches, firmware etc etc. This is where many firms are already failing. Here are a couple of considerations for your firm to look into in order to beef up security and offer a more robust defence against things like Ransomware attacks
Mobile endpoint security – Ransomware attacks can often take the form of a phishing link. Where organisations have done their work to patch traditional vulnerabilities, cyberthieves have incorporated phishing and ransomware into an almost foolproof attack – because people will click on links from a source they think trustworthy. And with mobile device usage soaring, phishing threats can be found everywhere – in messaging apps, within social media and even dating sites. Your people will undoubtedly be using their mobile devices for both professional and personal matters. And so the threat posed by phishing only increases. By adopting a mobile endpoint security solution you can help to secure your firm’s devices against app, device, and network-based threats.
Adopt a Zero Trust approach – The rise of remote working has brought about a host of technology challenges. One of them has been how to manage access to networks whereby people need data and files that would have traditionally been centralised in an office environment from which everyone worked from. With people now trying to access the network from many locations, and from a whole host of different devices, the attack surface for things like Ransomware attacks has increased massively – hackers now have so many more attack points open to them. And this is where the concept of ‘Zero Trust’ comes in – effectively the technology default position is to trust nobody, act like everyone is a threat (until they’re not). If your firm adopts zero trust network architecture (ZTNA) you can effectively grant only authorised users only the appropriate access permissions.
Ransomware attacks aren’t going away and your firm can’t afford the reputational damage (or punitive financial woes) that follow on from such hacks. The technology landscape never sits still and nor should your mindset – keep up with the changes, update appropriately. Importantly, look to solutions such as mobile endpoint security and ZTNA to make things really difficult for the bad guys