Becoming a victim to ransomware could put your vital business or personal data at risk of being lost in the pit. Some steps can help bolster your defences.

1. APPLY SOFTWARE PATCHES TO KEEP SYSTEMS UP TO DATE

2. CHANGE DEFAULT PASSWORDS ACROSS ALL ACCESS POINTS

3. TRAIN STAFF TO RECOGNISE SUSPICIOUS EMAILS

4. MAKE IT HARDER TO ROAM ACROSS YOUR NETWORKS

5. UNDERSTAND WHAT’S CONNECTED TO YOUR NETWORK

6. UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR MOST IMPORTANT DATA IS AND CREATE AN EFFECTIVE BACKUP STRATEGY

7. THINK VERY LONG AND HARD BEFORE YOU PAY A RANSOM

8. HAVE A PLAN FOR HOW TO RESPOND TO A RANSOMWARE ATTACK, AND TEST IT

9. SCAN AND FILTER EMAILS BEFORE THEY REACH YOUR USERS

10. UNDERSTAND WHAT’S HAPPENING ACROSS THE NETWORK

11. MAKE SURE YOUR ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE IS UP TO DATE

12. USE ONLY LEGITIMATE USB STICKS