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Eureka: Protecting your computer from ransomware
by Jay Gutman
2017-05-22 09:51:19
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We should have printed out our data! That was the reaction in thousands of organizations that were the victims of ransomware attacks and that had no other choice but to pay to get their data back. Protecting your computer from viruses is as much a question of software as a question of philosophy. What does your data consist of? What do you use it for? How much do you need it? All these are important questions when protecting your data. So here are some common sense guidelines to protecting your data.

ware01_4001. What do you have a website for?

Originally websites were simply a source of information on the organization. Sort of a digital booklet. Gradually websites starting doing everything from orders to deliveries to payments to registrations to enrolments to everything in between. We keep candles in case there’s a power cut, and there’s no reason you should not have a backup plan for when the internet stops working.

If you use the internet for transactions rather than for information, you need to have a record of your transactions somewhere on paper just as we keep candles in the drawers just in case there’s a power cut.

2. Payment systems should be linked to your bank, not your website

If your transactions involve payment, you want your bank to handle such payments. The first thing hackers look at when they penetrate a website is the money, so you don’t want money anywhere to be seen.

3. Records of transactions should be kept on paper

Registrations, orders, applications, forms… you’ll save a lot of time by having people send them over online. But then to problem is that sending forms or applications online also means a lot of people who would otherwise never send application forms will send them. Also, a lot of people need to touch or hear about a product before purchasing it online. So you want to keep all sent forms, pictures and other files on paper, perhaps a couple of copies stored so you can find it.

4. Digital files also need to be printed

Pictures, logos, banners, booklets and other online creations need to be printed out. Those also disappear in ransomware attacks.

5. What machines are your computers connected to?

Some factories and production lines connect computers to their machinery so they can keep track of production figures, sometimes with computer systems tracking every step of the production process. Make sure every step of the production process can be completed online as well as offline, that is you want two grids, an online grid and an offline grid.

6. How does your information travel?

Same thing for information tracking. Some organizations have systems where every computer is connected and every move and transaction are recorded on computers. Make sure you have a system that is disconnected from the internet so you can continue tracking movements and transactions on computer systems.

7. How does your staff feel about the technology?

Are they bending rules? Do they assimilate how the system works? How does the system actually work as opposed to is supposed to work? Flexible systems and a team with few secrets works better than rigid systems and a team with a lot of secrets. That way if the system stops working your staff will be able to fix the puzzle.  


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