Ransomware Rising Sharply In 2015

Ransomware Rising – Keep These Costly Viruses Off Your Network

In 2013, there were only two ransomware families: Cryptolocker and Cryptowall.

In the first half of 2015, nine new ransomware families emerged:

  1. CoinVault
  2. TeslaCrypt
  3. Cryptofortress
  4. PClock
  5. AlphaCrypt
  6. El-Polocker
  7. CoinVault 2.0
  8. Locker
  9. TOX

Ransomware remains highly lucrative for hackers. These viruses continue to evolve and have been refined to the point where they are now completely automated and carried out through the dark web. Digital criminals collecting ransoms via cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin can’t be tracked by law enforcement.

Sometimes it can feel as though there is no stopping a hacker if they want to get to you- and to a certain extent that is true of a very skilled hacker. As a small business owner, you have a responsibility to show due diligence in protecting the data you house and taking reasonable measures to secure your network and block most would-be attackers.

There is plenty you can and should do.  Start with an IT Security Audit and get a firewall for small business installed.

Prevention is key with cryptolockers, malware and viruses.  The ongoing rise of these threats means better network security solutions are needed by most small businesses.

Your network security should be thoroughly reviewed every 1-3 years.  If you are past due, call your IT provider today.

Toronto Network Security Solutions

For Toronto small business owners seeking network security review services and solutions, call on us today. We are TUCU, a Toronto IT Support Company serving the small business and nonprofit community since 2003.  Our IT Consultant will review your small business network security and provide you with a detailed analysis and recommendations report to help you close security gaps and better protect your business.