July 09, 2021

How MSPs Can Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Ransomware Attacks

By Courtney Heinbach

Ransomware attacks have all but dominated news headlines in recent weeks. Managed service providers (MSPs) know the risks of ransomware and how important it is to have a plan in place to respond to an attack when they have an impacted client. There are many different factors to consider, but it’s best practice to have a strategy for detection, prevention, and response. We put together a comprehensive infographic on the journey of ransomware and how MSPs can prepare their clients – here’s a preview.

How Can MSPs Prevent Ransomware Attacks?

The reality is, there is no foolproof way to prevent a ransomware attack. Even the most protected and prepared businesses can fall victim to ransomware. However, MSPs can take steps to lower the chances of their SMB clients falling victim to an attack.

Arm clients with antivirus. These tools have been around a long time but are still critical in a ransomware prevention strategy. Automate patch management. When software providers identify bugs, they publish that info and offer a patch. With automated patching, businesses are less susceptible to being exploited by bad actors looking to capitalize on those bugs. Implement tools with ransomware detection capabilities. Often, ransomware attacks can infiltrate a business’s systems, going undetected. One way to drastically improve ransomware prevention is to have tools that identify it before it spreads across a network.

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