Business Antivirus, Ransomware and Malware Protection

2018 so far has seen organisations both large and small suffer the effects of Ransomware – with heavily published variants Wannacry and NotPetya in particular causing massive disruption.
So, how can you protect your company from the effects of Viruses, Malware and Ransomware? We’ve listed some points below – for the sake of simplicity I’ll refer to Viruses, Malware and Ransomware as Malware – they are separate but the techniques used to prevent them are similar.

Free Online Antivirus Scanner

If you suspect you might have been infected with a virus or other malware please use the link below to launch the completely free ESET Online Scanner:

ESET Online Scanner
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The scanner can remove Malware and Viruses from your system – however it is best to have real-time protection to stop attacks before they happen – we recommend ESET products for this purpose.

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General Antivirus Tips

So, how can you protect your company from the effects of Viruses, Malware and Ransomware? We’ve listed some points below – for the sake of simplicity i’ll refer to Viruses, Malware and Ransomware as Malware – they are separate but the techniques used to prevent them are similar.

  1. Invest in a high quality Antivirus product. We recommend ESET products
  2. Make sure all devices on the network are covered by Antivirus. If staff members use home computers that attach to the company network – these too must also be covered to the same standard. Don’t let a weak link in the chain ruin your protection.
  3. Remove Administrator rights from workstations when they aren’t needed. The less rights the Malware has, the less damage it can do. Sensible planning and removing users from Administrator access can help immensely in controlling infections.
  4. If using a Windows Server consider implementing File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) to limit Malware spread. FSRM can limit Ransomware spread by shutting down file services if encrypted file extensions are detected.
  5. Disable SMB1. Unless you have a program that requires it, disable SMB1 – it has far too many vulnerabilities and for modern operating systems simply isn’t required.
  6. Update your Operating Systems frequently – preferably automatically. Often backdoors used by Malware will be shut firmly in recent updates.
  7. Don’t assume if you pay the Ransomware creators you’ll get your files back. This hardly ever works – extortionists rarely play fair.
  8. Backup. Assume at some point you will be attacked by Malware and plan on how your business would recover quickly and effectively. Put a backup plan in place – with multiple versions in case a backup itself is infected.
  9. User training. This is the hardest, but generally more effective than anything else in this list. Train users to be vigilant when opening attachments and surfing the web – thus stopping the majority of infections in the first place.