Mike Green, Executech
Hints of an attack can be subtle, but if you are paying attention and watchful, you may be able to minimize the damage and get help immediately. Depending on the size of your business, damages and recovery costs can zoom into the thousands and more. 
What were the first clues of an attack?
#1 - “I am in the folders I used every day. I can’t find the files I am looking for and there are a bunch of files with names and extensions I don’t recognize.” Ransomware will often change filenames and extensions.
#2 - “Our server is running extremely slow today.” Ransomware encryptions steal server resources and reduce performance.
Paying attention to subtle hints may save your business a bundle!
#3 - “We replicate data to another site and the replication has come to a crawl.” Replication only transfers altered files. Since every file is being encrypted, it will greatly increase the time needed to transfer the data.
#4 - “I received an Email today with an attachment that I couldn’t open. I forwarded it on to 3 other employees and they were unable to open the attachment. Could you help us get this attachment open?” In this case, Sophos Intercept X had just been installed on all four computers. The software stopped the ransomware attack, restored the encrypted files, and cleaned up the systems. The attack was successfully rebuffed without any damage.
Responding quickly to these clues can be key in preventing a successful penetration by ransomware and avoiding a costly disaster and recovery process.
Executech is a member of the South Coast Development Council, Inc. The purpose of this article is to help minimize losses due to ransomware attacks. Thanks Mike!
 2017-2019 Ransomware statistics and facts (https://www.comparitech.com/antivirus/ransomware-statistics/)
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