cyber-attacks

Eric O’Neill: Most of Ransomware Attacks Affect Home Users

Eric O’Neil: Ransomware Attacks Home Users

Frank Jablonski, Acronis Vice President of Global Product Marketing, talks about cyber security with Eric O’Neill, an accomplished public speaker and security expert, who lectures internationally about espionage, cyber security, fraud, and hacking.

What are the top 3 recommendations you would make to consumers to protect their data from security threats?

Security threats are certainly coming after consumers, not just enterprises. We tend to think of it as a problem for business or government, as we see so many hacks and attacks that go after the offices like the Office of Personnel Management, and different government agencies and businesses, like Sony. But the fact of the matter is that most of the malware is affecting the grandparents and parents and just the person with an email account and a computer. And so, if the regular consumers have to protect themselves, they have to do something. There are three good steps:

  1. Technology. You have to have a solution that gives you a preventative defence that you need. Something that is going to search out the malware, something that is going to stop it before it infects you.
  2. Good cyber hygiene.  If you don’t have that, if you’re not smart about how you access things online, if you’re not being careful with your social media, if you’re clicking those links that you get in those emails that don’t really come from your friends — but they are spear phishing attacks, then you’re going to get hit by something like ransomware and lose all your data (unless you pay some hacker sitting somewhere else in the world).
  3. Good backup. Even the best solution can sometimes miss the attack, just because the attackers are that good. So you have to have a good backup that is efficient and quick. It will protect you and let you recover your data in case you get attacked.