Ransomware attacks can cause huge disruptions to your business, including loss of income, customer trust and resources. See the simple steps you can take to protect your business from a ransomware attack and how to react if you’re targeted.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts files and stops you from being able to access your files or computer systems.
It’s not just bigger businesses that are targeted and there are no particular industries that are more vulnerable than others. If you work online, you’re at risk.
The attackers are generally financially motivated. They’ll try to extort you by demanding you pay a ransom to get access to your system and files again.
Ransomware infections can occur through things like phishing campaigns – where you’re tricked into clicking an infected link or attachment within an email. They can also happen if you don’t have strong passwords or don’t regularly update your software.
There’s no guarantee that you’ll get your files back. You’ll also be at risk of further attacks if you’re seen as willing to pay.
Prevention is better than cure. These simple steps can help protect you and your business from ransomware and cyber attacks:
Top 11 tips for cyber security(external link) — CERT NZ
Phishing scams and your business(external link) — CERT NZ
Creating an incidence response plan(external link) — CERT NZ
Further guidance on how to prevent or contain cyber security attacks(external link) — CERT NZ
You can do this via their contact centre 0800 CERT NZ, or their online reporting tool.
Online reporting tool(external link) — CERT NZ