More advanced than ever, Ransomware has evolved quicker in recent months than commercial technologies can keep up with and accounts for over $1.2B in damages to businesses, according to Cyber Security vendor, Sophos.

“90% of breaches are from exploits, 90% of exploits are from known vulnerabilities and 66% of IT staff lack incident response skills.” High-level steps to take are as follows:

Don’t click on any links in emails or open attachments you are not explicitly expecting to receive. Don’t “enable macros” in Office programs for documents you do not explicitly trust the content of and the originator.

Make sure your Windows and Anti-Virus updates on your endpoints are fully up-to-date and are configured to scan files on read and write. Try where possible to reduce user access rights on the network so that every user only has the minimal amount required to do their job.

At the email and web gateways consider the use of a so-called “Sandbox” to determine the behaviour of unknown files. At the endpoint reduce risks of Malvertising and privacy invasion with Ad-blockers and Internet tracking blockers.

Finally, you should consider the use of next-generation malware scanners designed specifically to combat the threats around Ransomware.