"Help_Decrypt_Your_Files," the year of ransomware has officially arrived. These 4 words can turn a business upside down with one click of the mouse. Your calendar, your kid's baseball schedule, payroll information for hundreds of nurses - to nothing, everything is encrypted. The emotional moments following are filled with panic and distress; someone or something has locked all of your files. A popup will then notify you of a specific amount of time you have to pay via untraceable bitcoins in order to retrieve your files, or lose them forever.
This has become the reality for many businesses across the country. With 90,000 machines being infected on a daily basis, it’s a dire situation. For Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, it was more than a harsh reality. After being attacked with ransomware, the hospital was forced to shuffle its patients to nearby facilities for weeks as they paid their attackers to regain file control.
Traditional antivirus solutions require manual intervention by a human to review new potential virus or malware threats. Only after a threat has been captured and analyzed is it is added to the database of known threats. While this was a successful method for a long time, hackers have since found ways to disguise and mutate viruses to pass detection. So, while the traditional method of virus detection helps to contain known “old” viruses, it does very little in preventing new ones from invading.
What do you need to know to protect your data?