Ransomware & Office 365

Unless you have be living with your head in the sand, you will no doubt be aware of the threat Ransomware poses to your business.  And no doubt you will have taken steps to protect against it – such as training your staff to recognise malicious emails and installing advanced anti ransomware on your computers.

But like everything in technology, Ransomware moves on.  Ransomware attacks are now targeting the cloud – in particular Office 365 and G Suite.  They can lock you out of your files or make your email inaccessible.

How do we know this? We’ve already seen it happen. Introducing RansomCloud.  RansomCloud is a generic term for Ransomware attacks on cloud services and was first noticed in 2018 – attacks are now on the rise.

The attack starts with a very convincing phishing email – and one click can hand control of your Office 365 to the criminal behind the attack.  Once control has been lost, a huge amount of damage can occur to your business.  As well at the attacker locking the account until you pay a ransom, they could also use it so send emails pretending to be from you.

The video below shows how easy it is for such an attack to happen:

To protect yourself from this new form of Ransomware, there are two important actions you can take:

  1. Switch on multi-factor authentication on your cloud accounts. This is usually a no-cost option in the software (although you may require external help to do so).
  2. Backup your cloud data! If an attack happens, this is the only sure way of getting your data back.

By taking the right steps, you can ensure your business minimises it’s risk of attacks from Ransomware forms.

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Contact one of our expert team today to find out how we can help to protect and support your business.

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