Cryptolocker, Ransomware and Other Network Scourges

Cryptolocker, Ransomware and Other Network Scourges

How much will you pay to get your data back?

Ransomware is back on the rise, and its of great concern to those of us in the support community.

The typical ransomware gambit goes as follows:

  • Someone on your network is looking to either entertain themselves or save some money by finding free software.
  • With no ill intentions, they search the web, find something they think will help them out, and download it.
  • Once the file is downloaded the user then runs the program, but unknown to the user, what they thought was harmless or helpful turns out to be a Cryptolocker variant.

Now, workstations on your network are being scanned by the virus for information that might be valuable to your business. Anything that the ransomware program finds is then scrambled so that you can’t use it.

The virus then presents an offer, if you give the hackers a significant sum of money in a limited time, they’ll let you have your data back. Unfortunately, paying the ransom is not a guarantee that you will get your data back. And once you’ve paid these people they know who you are and will likely target you again in the future.

Well, that’s just plain awful isn’t it?

What’s a savvy business owner to do?

Managed Security by RJ SYSTEMS

RJ SYSTEMS Managed Security will help you implement appropriately limited permissions for users, managed anti-virus and anti-malware safeguards, as well as a managed hardware firewall. And, most importantly backing up your critical business data hourly. This will allow us to retrieve your data from a point in time prior to the attack, dramatically reducing the impact of the incident.

To recap, our Managed Security solution can help prevent cryptolocker variants and other ransomware attacks from getting a foothold. And a proper disaster response plan, including access to timely backups, will prevent loss of data in the event of an attack.

Recently the Globe and Mail reported on a ransomware attack at a hospital that cost thousands of dollars to resolve.

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Having RJ Systems Managed Security in place could have prevented this disaster.

We are on your side. Let RJ Systems help you put the systems in place to prevent data loss from ransomware and other threats to your data.

There are no problems, only solutions; let us help.

Contact us at (780) 851-4042 or send us an email at for more information.