Avoid Paying the Ransom
From an official statement from the United States Government, “the FBI does not support paying a ransom in response to a ransomware attack. Paying a ransom doesn’t guarantee you or your organization will get any data back. It also encourages perpetrators to target more victims and offers an incentive for others to get involved in this type of illegal activity.”
The important thing to note here is the fact that if your computer has been compromised, it’s extremely like that the hacker has either already downloaded your data or the data has been deleted in an attempt to cripple your organization. Criminals are not ethical. Paying the money requested doesn’t make any guarantees that your data will be restored.
Proactive measures are best for avoiding ransomware altogether or making the recovery process manageable, but regardless there are alternative remediation options that are cost-effective (and ethical). If you need to explore these options with an account manager, please contact us today.