When human viruses start spreading, we tend to take a little extra care. And we don’t think it should be any different when it comes to the viruses that attack your IT network.

So we’d like to warn you about Ransomware: a particularly troublesome type of computer virus that’s doing the rounds at the moment. It’s causing problems partly because there are lots of new variants appearing, and partly because of the damage it does. Like some sort of flesh-eating bug, it works its way across your computer network encrypting files as it goes. The result – the risk of data loss, expensive downtime and lots of hassle while your system is cleaned up.

There’s no magic cure for viruses, but you can take a few sensible steps to enhance your protection:

  1. Educate your staff. Awareness of the problem is at least half the battle. So make sure your staff know they mustn’t visit untrusted websites not needed for work. It’s particularly important that they don’t download or install anything on their computer without permission from their manager. Build these things into your staff induction and into your company IT policies (ask Riverbank if you need any help with this).
  2. Use recommended corporate-standard anti-virus software and be sure that it’s up to date on all computers that connect to your network.
  3. Add an additional layer of support with a Universal Threat Detection (UTM) system, such as Riverbank SecureConnect. This will prevent people going to websites that are known to be risky and give you a second line of defence against viruses.
  4. Control the equipment that can be connected to your network. Keep the personal devices of staff and visitors off your central network by providing a guest wi-fi service. Ensure that any device that does connect to your network is up to your approved security standard.

If you’d like any advice on IT security or a free IT security audit, contact Riverbank on 01235 426700