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A new report highlights the importance of ransomware protection. The suggests that there has been a staggering 3500% increase, quarter on quarter, in the criminal use of net infrastructure that helps run ransomware campaigns.
The new DNS Threat Index report from Infoblox suggests a “dramatic 35-fold increase in newly observed domains created for ransomware.”
What Is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block a business’ access to a system and/or its files until a sum of money is paid to the malefactor. It spreads through e-mail attachments, infected programs and compromised websites. Ransomware protection is vital as an attack can be extremely costly to a business, not just financially but also in terms of damage to reputation.
Cyber Security Analyst
These shocking figures from Infoblox endorse our decision to appoint a full-time Cyber Security Analyst at Bluegrass. Pete Last, formerly one of our System Engineers, has now been tasked with focusing solely on cyber security.
Pete will spend his time researching and evaluating the latest IT security products; keeping up to date with the latest threats and security trends; and responding to any client attacks. The main focus of his role will be on prevention rather than cure. We want to ensure our clients do not have to suffer the damaging effects of a security attack, whether it be from ransomware or any other form of security attack.
Pete holds the CompTIA Security + certification, an essential requirement for any professional in the cyber security industry. He is also working towards achieving CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional) certification and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certification.
Ransomware Protection Tools
If you are concerned about the threat of a ransomware virus you might be interested in some new tools from MalwareBytes, which Pete has been investigating – Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware.
Anti-Exploit is designed as a preventative measure to stop ransomware or viruses from ever installing on the computer. Anti-ransomware will stop anything from encrypting data on the computer.
The anti-ransomware tool is still in testing but is something Pete will be paying close attention to.
If you’d like to discuss any aspect of your IT security please contact Pete on 01392 207194.