SO what CAN you do? There is ONE REMEDY and ONE ONLY. Produce file backups of everything you want to safeguard…EVERY DAY…and DO NOT STORE THESE BACKUPS ON ANY DEVICE ON YOUR NETWORK – REMOVE THEM SO THEY CANNOT BE ATTACKED.
When you ARE attacked and compromised, delete the ransomware and the ransomed files and RETURN your files from your latest BACKUP. Inconvenient? A little. But FAR FAR better than trying to restore files from paper…or worse…from memory. Won’t happen to you? Your IT guys have your back? Perhaps. But I’d check if I were you. Because to date, there is no Firewall, no software, no IT guy that can even come close to guaranteeing that your best employee won’t be working on a Saturday…trying to go the extra mile…and accidentally click on that file marked “INVOICE” from a known supplier. Boom. ZAP. You’ll be stunned when you get that phone call…that you REALLY don’t want.
I’ve been in the IT field since before there was an IT field, and I cannot stress this enough…PROTECT YOURSELF FROM RANSOMWARE BY HAVING VIABLE OFF-LINE BACKUPS. If you are unsure about this, call me, email, or comment. I’m happy to help.