Buffalo’s solution to ransomware
The costly problem and ways to avoid it:
First, what exactly is ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
This software can infiltrate your network through any device connected to it. The software can easily be installed through deceptive links in an email message, instant message or website.
When your device and then network have been infected with ransomware:
You will be locked out of shared folders in your network until you pay to have your information released. While locked out, you will receive a message notifying you that your data is being held ransom and you will not be able to accesses it unless you pay X amount of dollars.
Below are a couple examples of recent ransomware messages:
Now that you know what ransomware is, you should know that ransomware attacks have been increasing.
In the United States within the first 3 months of 2017, there have already been $206 million dollars in ransomware related damages reported.
Below are a couple charts showing the increased ransomware threat. All statistical data was provided by Symantec™
There are ways to lower the risk of ransomware attacks. Below are a few things you can do on a weekly basis:
Always be prepared
Although there are ways to lower the threat of ransomware attacks, unfortunately threat will still always be there and as we have shown you, ransomware attacks are spreading to all industries and the cost is increasing. The best measure against these attacks is to prepare for if they do happen. If you prepare, have you storage device to automatically backup your data, then you can ensure access to a copy of your files if you are ever locked out of the original documents.
Ransomware infection on your PC will make your direct attached storage (USB storage / NAS) locked/unusable. For this reason, some network protection agencies recommend an operation to connect external HDD only during backup and then remove it after completion of backup.
However, this process has proven to be ineffective and takes time. Therefore, Buffalo proposes a backup method using the combination of NAS (TeraStation) and external HDD. Below is a diagram of how the process will enable you to copy and store your data so that you would not have to ransom it back if it is ever locked or stolen.
Buffalo created a brief how-to video walking you through the implementation of your TeraStation in order to defend your data against ranswomware attacks.
Buffalo was Featured on NovaStor's Defeat Ransomware Webinar as an Expert Guest