We might as well be frank: There is no miracle solution that can completely safeguard you from cyberattacks. However, you can take measures to prevent the risk of infection by ransomware. Being aware of the consequences an infection can have on your company and adopting safe computer practices will keep you one step ahead in the fight against these ongoing threats. Follow these 5 practices to boost your security!

How to prepare yourself for a ransomware attack?

1. Make sure you have reliable backups

We can’t emphasize this enough: Save your data as often as possible, preferably in real time. These backups are essential for restoring your system after an attack. Store your backups in a location that is isolated from the network— a place viruses cannot reach.

2. Enforce an effective security policy in your company

Ensure your IT tools are kept up to date and are properly configured:

  • Technical material equipped with an effective system for analyzing attachments
  • Firewall for local servers and email accounts
  • Restricted access.

3. Map your network to make system recovery easier after an incident

Putting an industrial system back into service after a cyberattack is easier if you have a precise map of network architecture and the configuration of workstations.

4. Create an incident recovery plan

Identify the go-to person and the processes and tools needed for managing interruptions or critical events. Regularly check that your recovery plan is well adapted to your constantly evolving IT system.

5. Build awareness among your employees of good computer hygiene

In addition to technical prevention measures, it is also crucial to provide your employees with training on the risks of cyberattacks. Human errors (such as using corrupted USB flash drives) are just as dangerous as an outdated IT system.

Apply recommendations from the French National Cybersecurity Agency (ANSSI)

All users in your company need to be aware of cyber risks. For that, have them read and apply the recommendations from the ANSSI, most notably the following:

  • Be equally cautious with mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) as with computers
  • Separate professional use from personal use
  • Ensure devices and the network in general have secure Wifi access
  • Be careful with emails (suspicious emails, unknown senders, links and attachments, etc.)
  • Know all network access points and connection methods
Prevention is better than a cure
Teaching your employees how to recognize phishing attempts and emails potentially infected by ransomware will always be more effective than carrying out an emergency recovery of your infected IT system. Training employees in cybersecurity and good computer hygiene is essential in the fight against cyber threats.

Implementing a few measures of good computer hygiene can help you prevent and fight against ransomware attacks. Training employees in cyber risks, maintaining and monitoring networks with a suitable cybersecurity solution as well as regularly backing up your data are just some of the basic actions you can take in your company to arm yourself against cyberattacks.