Issue No. 68March 2018


3 Layers of Protection from Ransomware


Often times we’ll be asked by clients, what is the silver bullet to protect our company against Ransomware?

The answer to this question is not by one silver bullet, but rather by putting layers in place.  The “set-it and forget it” days of the early 2000’s is long gone.  Below are some effective layers that you can put in place to help protect your business


Educate anyone with access to company email, computers, and servers with a user awareness training program aimed to inform about the dangers of social engineering schemes and phishing scams. Teach good security practices about email attachments and stress the importance of diligence. However, even the most educated and well-meaning staff members are not immune to human error. Education, on its own, is not adequate protection.


Antivirus software is the second layer of a sound defense. Quality antivirus protection can stop thousands of attack attempts per day. In the case that an employee does click a malicious link or downloads a Trojan-containing attachment, antivirus will often save a system from full-blown infection. However, new strains of ransomware are always being created, often at a rate higher than antivirus can protect against them, so eventually, the probability that one infection will succeed is high.

Total Data Protection

A data protection solution provides the ultimate failsafe in a layered defense strategy against ransomware. A data protection solution will automatically and invisibly take snapshots of your data and systems at regular intervals, and store that data in a secure location. Should ransomware successfully penetrate your layered defenses, you can simply ‘turn back the clock’ to a snapshot of your business before the attack happened.

To learn more about how we protect our clients from Ransomware, please feel to reach out to our engineering team at:

 Phone: 858-952-5400 x0