The $30 Solution to Ransomware
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is becoming the number 1 form of malware, affecting individuals and businesses alike. In 2019, ransomware attacks are expected to climb to over 11 billion in payments and repair damages. The typical business hit by a ransomware attack will spend about $133,000 to recover its information or restore its environment. However, for many small businesses and individuals, the effects of ransomware can be mitigated for as little as $30. Having your files backed up to a cloud server may not protect your files since the malware will find these repositories and encrypt these files also.
I run a small business from my home, employing under a dozen people. I also use my computer for personal use. I take a trip every year which results in several hundred photographs. I keep my operating system current, I have installed anti-virus software, and use a personal firewall. My home network consists of a main workstation, a printer, a backup drive, and a Wi-Fi router for laptops or other mobile devices that I want to access my local resources. My main workstation is a Windows system, as is my laptops. I have Kindle and Pixel phones available to connect to my LAN.
I have had this arrangement for the better part of 10 years.
Here are some statistics:
- Pictures – 13.2 GB consisting of 7829 Files in 196 folders
- Documents: 36.3 GB consisting of 153,075 files in 2130 folders
- Music: 7.35 GB consisting of 2908 files on 1007 folders
After a decade of running a small business as well as managing my social network from my home computer, I have about 57 GB of information to protect.
$30 to Stop Ransomware Attacks
Check out the latest USB drives on Amazon. Amazon is selling 64GB password protected USB drives for under $10. These USB drives weigh less than 2 ounces and can fit on a keychain.
Here is the protocol I follow, and I suggest you do the same to spend only $30 to prevent a ransomware attack.
- Purchase three 64GB USB drives.
- Run a complete backup of your system on a weekly basis, simply selecting the top level folders and dragging them to the USB folder on one of the drives. Each backup takes about 20 minutes.
- Keep one USB on a keychain, another in a file drawer, and the third in a safe.
- If you ever get compromised, the most amount of information lost is one week’s worth. Lost keys result in two weeks of lost data. However, the information is protected.
If I am attacked by ransomware, my backup files are safe since they are not on the network. I pull out my laptop, turn off the Wi-Fi, and can continue to execute my business in standalone mode. When I want to send a file, I activate my VPN on my cell phone and I am back in business.
You will have to spend more money or time to wipe your workstation, and re-install your operating systems or have someone do that for you – but your information is protected.
Why Choose ASCERTIS Solutions
ASCERTIS Solutions can conduct a security assessment of a small business in a week and provide a roadmap for your company to implement a cyber defense strategy that fits your budget. Trained security professionals can be hired on a part-time basis to fill the role of Chief Cyber Security Officer (CISO) to assure that your roadmap is implemented in a timely and cost-effective fashion.
If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.