When it comes to ransomware, making sure that companies have a prevention, continuity, and backup and recovery plan in place is paramount. If this sounds like generally a good IT practice, it is. In fact, ransomware—a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system until a ransom is paid—is just the latest security threat that brings (or should bring) organizations back to the basics. Email is particularly important for a number of reasons. First, it’s a dominant delivery path for ransomware. Second, it’s a critical application in its own right—business professionals can’t function without it. That’s why having a continuity, backup and recovery plan in place is critical in enabling organizations to get back up and running efficiently in cases in which they experience a ransomware attack that impacts their email. Given that 99 percent of all ransomware attacks start with a malicious email, eWEEK reached out to Mimecast, a leader in email and data security, for some tips on how to remain ransom-aware.

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