Countdown to Christmas Cyber Security Tip #12

What is Ransomware? 

You may have heard the term Ransomware on the news, but what does it actually mean? 

Ransomware is malicious software that is used to encrypt (or steal) a victims data if they fail to pay a ransom. 

It is fairly easy to hold a business to ransom as they need their data and systems to operate. Threats normally state that data will be destroyed or shared publicly, both having the potential to negatively impact a business. 

Cyber criminals continue to send ransomware as it often pays out for them. The amounts demanded can be significant, but relatively low when weighed against the cost of the downtime a business experiences as a result of an attack. 

It is still a very real threat. 

How to prevent falling victim to a Ransomware Attack 

  • Don’t open email attachments unless necessary. 
  • Don’t follow unrecognised links. 
  • Report any unusual or suspicious messages on your screen straight away. 


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