It’s happened again. A ransomware attack has frozen thousands of computers from Ukraine to the United States. This one’s name is Petya. Don’t let the pretty name fool you. Attacks of this kind – exploiting vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system to encrypt data files and now even hard drives – are becoming frequent occurrences, costing companies millions due to lost sales, employees being diverted from their proper roles, and expenses to get data systems back up and running.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are five straightforward steps you can take to prevent your company’s system from being attacked, or to reduce the harm to your system if it does fall prey.