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The Ransomware Threat | What is Ransomware?

Feb 06

Ransomware is the number one malware attack today with more than 50% of UK companies having been hit in the past year alone, now is the time to get protected. Gavin Brown, Head of Pinnacle’s IT Services, gets back to basics on what Ransomware is and how it can attack your business.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malicious software (also know as Malware) which encrypts files on your computer
or even across a network rendering the files inaccessible and therefore useless.  

The malware will then display a message on the screen to you indicating what has happened 
with instructions on how to make payment to decrypt and access your files.  

However, since they are criminals they may or may not give you back your information.


How do you get it?

There are several different ways that ransomware can infect your computer or network. 

Some of the most common forms of delivery is through phishing emails which contain the malware either 
through attachments or links to malicious websites and when accessed runs a java script to download the ransomware.  
The criminals are getting more sophisticated by constantly developing the malware.


How to get protected?

It is important to get protected as your business can come to a standstill because of an IT issue such as ransomware.  
Getting a business up and running again after an attack can be extremely complicated and time consuming but 
easily avoided if adequate protection is in place.

   
Pinnacle has an expert IT Services division who can chat with you about the solutions available from IT security vendor Sophos. 
Intercept X is a market leading solution which when implemented can stop ransomware attacks by identifying
the malware and stopping it in its tracks.

Join our webinar with Sophos to find out more about ransomware and how to get protected.
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Gavin IT Services Manager

Before rolling out Sophos Intercept X to our customers, we had quite a few incidents of our customer's being targeted by Ransomware. Companies need to be aware that this is a real threat and can target any business at any time.

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