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10 Critical Strategies Against Ransomware Attacks for UK Enterprises



In the digital age, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are thriving with the help of technology. However, this progress comes with its own set of challenges, and one of the most significant threats is ransomware. A successful ransomware attack could cripple your organisation causing financial losses along with damage to your reputation. 

Attackers are constantly finding new ways to convince victims to pay their ransomware demands. A recent report found that a ransomware group lodged a complaint with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), stating that a recent target had failed to disclose a data breach stemming from a cyberattack initiated by the group.

Should your organisation suffer a breach, it’s preferable for you to manage the narrative and your reputation rather than your customers learning about it from the attackers.

In this blog, we'll provide valuable advice on how your small or medium organisation can protect itself against ransomware, helping to avoid the damaging consequences of an attack. 


Did You Know?

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In 2022 there were 493.3 million ransomware attacks1

The UK held the second position on a list of countries most targeted by ransomware2

69% of ransomware attacks were started with a single email2


Invest in These Top 10 Strategies to Protect Your Organisation from Ransomware

Explore these ten proven strategies designed to fortify your defences and shield your organisation against the ever-evolving menace of ransomware attacks. From robust cybersecurity measures to employee training initiatives, these proactive steps will empower your organisation to navigate the digital landscape securely and ensure business continuity in the face of potential threats.

> Educate Your Team

Phishing emails are often the initial entry point for ransomware. Train your employees to recognise the red flags of a phishing email and help them to understand the importance of not clicking on suspicious links or downloading attachments from unknown sources.

> Implement a Robust Backup Strategy

Backing up your critical data and systems mean that if your organisation is hit by a ransomware attack you can minimise the risk of downtime. Your backup process should be automated, performed routinely, and tested regularly to prove its effectiveness in the event of an attack.

> Update and Patch Regularly

All your software, including operating systems and applications should be updated regularly. Up-to-date desktop security, along with enhanced security strategies can help bolster your defences against evolving threats.

> Network Security Measures

A safe and secure environment ensures your organisation’s data remains protected. Implementing measures like next generation protection such as anti-virus and anti-malware along with endpoint detection and response can help reduce the risk of security threats.

> Access Control and Least Privilege

Sensitive data should only be accessed by those employees who require it to perform their job role. Enforcing the principle of ‘least privilege’ means users have the minimum level of access appropriate for their position. Restricting access helps reduce the risk of attackers compromising low level accounts to gain entry to critical data and systems.

> Incidence Response Plan

All organisations should have a comprehensive incident response plan in place that details the steps that should be taken in the event of a cyberattack. This plan should be regularly tested and updated to account for changes in your organisation and the evolving threat landscape.

> Invest in Modern Cybersecurity Training

Your users are a central part of creating a culture of security within your organisation. Keep your employees current on new and evolving cybersecurity threats along with best practices for staying secure online with ongoing cybersecurity training.

> Regular Security Audits

Your organisation should conduct regular security audits to identify and address any vulnerabilities in your systems. A professional cybersecurity company can perform penetration testing and assess your network’s resilience against attacks, along with offering recommendations on improvements.

> Cybersecurity Insurance

Having your data compromised can have a devastating effect on your organisation, from loss of revenue to reputational damage. Cybersecurity insurance can offer protection and peace-of-mind against cyber risks and financial losses plus legal support. It also highlights your increased commitment to cybersecurity to your customers!

> Collaborate with the IT Experts!

As small and medium-sized organisations continue to embrace the benefits of technology, it is crucial to be proactive in the face of emerging cyber threats. By implementing these ransomware prevention measures, UK enterprises can significantly enhance their cybersecurity posture and safeguard their operations, finances, and reputation. Stay vigilant, stay informed, and invest in the security of your organisation to thrive in the digital era.

NCI Technologies is a leading provider of IT support, cybersecurity and telecom solutions for businesses and schools serving Cornwall, Devon and the South West.

Our cybersecurity experts can help you stay informed about the latest cyber threats and best practices. Using security assessments and leading cybersecurity solutions we can help identify and address potential weaknesses in your digital infrastructure.

For more information contact us today, alternatively book a Teams or in-person meeting with our friendly sales team.





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