An accounting firm’s best chance at defending and recovering from a ransomware attack
Ransomware is considered a serious threat to businesses. Whether it is a large or small business, cybercriminals have made halting access to important files or information a multi-billion-dollar industry. In 2019, some of the biggest victims in Vancouver Canada of ransomware include an insurance company and a medical lab, affecting over 15 million people.
Former Ontario privacy commissioner, Ann Cavoukian states, “This past year  was not hopeful at all. There’s a growing trust deficit, both in terms of public and the private sector [on privacy].” Often all the victims of a ransomware attack can do is pay the ransom demand and hope that the criminals will release their information back to them without selling it. Vancouver Accounting firms may be considered a prime target for ransomware attackers due to client information and all the personal financial information that a firm could store for their clients.
According to Det. Sgt. Vern Crowley, head of the Ontario Provincial Police’s cybercrime investigations team, roughly 80 percent of ransomware is delivered through email phishing attacks. However, recently he has seen an increase in attacks that involve brute force that assault remote desktop connections. Ways firms could help prevent ransomware attacks include:
Many companies and accounting firms truly believe that they are too small that criminals would target them for an attack. However, the mindset of not believing you will be attacked will set your firm up for failure because ransomware removal for Vancouver accounting firms could prove to be expensive.
As soon as you receive a ransom demand for your files, you need to reach out to professionals to assist in stopping the spread of the attack and start the decryption of systems without payment to the attackers. There are no guarantees that if a ransom demand is paid that your firm’s data will be fully restored, and attackers could make copies of the data to sell.
Professionals at Compunet Infotech have a goal to provide the best service possible to not only prevent the attack but to return your accounting firm to normal activities in the shortest timeframe possible. They will help negotiate terms with attackers, investigate the breach, and manage the attack in the most secure way possible.
January 19, 2020
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