Even with such significant growth in the rate of ransomware attacks, all hope is not lost.  TechRepublic recently compiled a list of 10 things you can do to help prevent your business from being a victim of Ransomware.  These are taken directly from TechRepublic and include:

1. Keep clear inventories of all of your digital assets and their locations, so cyber criminals do not attack a system you are unaware of.

2. Keep all software up to date, including operating systems and applications.

3. Backup all information every day, including information on employee devices, so you can restore encrypted data if attacked.

4. Backup all information to a secure, offsite location.

5. Segment your network: Don’t place all data on one file share accessed by everyone in the company.

6. Train staff on cybersecurity practices, emphasizing not opening attachments or links from unknown sources.

7. Develop a communication strategy to inform employees if a virus reaches the company network.

8. Before an attack happens, work with your board to determine if your company will plan to pay a ransom or launch an investigation.

9. Perform a threat analysis in communication with vendors to go over the cybersecurity throughout the lifecycle of a particular device or application.

10.Instruct information security teams to perform penetration testing to find any vulnerabilities.