How A VPN & Firewall Can Protect Your Business From Ransomware Attacks

Business computer network protected from ransomware attacks by a VPN and Firewall.

If your business is hit by a ransomware attack, it could cost you thousands. Malicious parties use this type of malware to infect computer networks, encrypt files and hold business owners to ransom, forcing them to pay significant sums in order to regain access to their own data.

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Like cyber crime in general, the number of ransomware attacks taking place in the UK is on the up, with thousands of businesses targeted every year. The best way to ensure your business doesn’t fall victim to an attack is to install protective software on all the systems in your network. Keep reading to learn more.

What Is A Firewall?

A firewall is a network security device that monitors traffic to or from your network. It protects your computer network by using a set of pre-programmed rules that determine which users can access specific areas. This ensures that only safe content can be accessed from your network computers and that outsiders can’t get into your systems.

How Can A Firewall Protect Against Ransomware Attacks?

A firewall can be configured to block IP addresses that are known to distribute ransomware. You can also use it to block access to inappropriate sites – like those that offer illegal downloads – and weed out potentially malicious emails.

Your firewall can monitor all incoming and outgoing data and alert you if it detects any unusual activity – like someone attempting to gain unauthorised access to your network. If you get repeated alerts, it could be a sign that your business is under attack and you need to take further steps to beef up your computer security.

If you don’t have a firewall in place, there’s the potential for any individual or program to gain access to your system. There’s also the risk of unrestricted data leaving your network.

What Is A VPN?

As well as a firewall, best practices to block ransomware include installing a VPN. A VPN, or virtual private network, encrypts the data and internet traffic from any device connected to your internal network. It will also provide a secure and private connection by hiding your IP address, preventing others from viewing your online activities.

If you have employees working remotely, a VPN is some of the best ransomware protection you can find as the data they send and receive will also be encrypted. Without a VPN, your connection won’t be secure, and your business could be leaving itself open to attack.

How To Protect Your Business Against Ransomware!

Both VPNs and firewalls provide protection against ransomware and cyber attacks. However, neither is foolproof, so it’s essential you stay vigilant and train your employees to watch out for suspicious emails and phishing scams.

To find out how to prevent ransomware attacks, and learn more about our specialist training courses, contact us and speak to an expert member of our team today.

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