Protecting yourself and your organization from ransomware

There was a time in Nigeria when kidnapping was the order of the day. Recently we have heard of high profile kidnappings where the abductors would take innocent people and demand a ransom from their family members and loved ones before they are released. It may interest you to know that cybercriminals have designed mechanisms whereby they can also “kidnap” your critical information and demand for a ransom to get it released. Ransomware are software used by attackers to encrypt, or lock your information, making it unreadable and unusable. The attackers would demand for a ransom to be paid before they can release such information. It is a criminal business model that has proven extremely profitable as some of the advanced actors stand to make millions of dollars from the ‘trade’. What makes it very effective is the lack of a backup system which raises the chances that the victim…