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A proactive approach to address the ransomware menace

A proactive approach to address the ransomware menace

Enterprise SecurityRegional NewsSouth AfricaTop Stories

Arcserve Southern Africa has announced the availability of the Arcserve Ransomware readiness assessment which enables businesses to measure their capabilities and chart a path to a ransomware-free future.

Byron Horn-Botha, Arcserve Southern Africa Lead: Channel and Partnerships, said: “Ransomware has become one of the largest business risks and serves as the most menacing threat to IT organisations. It’s reached epidemic proportions globally, with costs projected to reach US$20 billion by 2021.”

Information security management is an essential part of good IT governance, particularly with respect to protecting critical business and personal data from ransomware.

Horn-Botha says the assessment is constructed around a scorecard that outlines the important areas that companies should be scrutinising within their businesses. He said: “The scorecard describes a five-level evolutionary path of increasingly organised and systematically more mature processes. For each of the items in the ransomware-free framework, you can assess your organisation’s maturity score and consider your priorities. Mark the box that best fits your company profile.

“The assessment shows businesses where they should be restricting access to common ransomware entry points, such as personal email accounts and social networking websites. It also shows how web filtering may be used at the gateway and endpoint to block phishing attempts for users who are tricked into clicking on a link.” 

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