How to protect your Data with Dynamics 365 from ransomware

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Ransomware attacks are growing increasingly widespread. Encrypting important data and leading organizations to lose it has become a common practice. The financial impact of extortion payments requested by hackers, as well as lost revenue while critical IT systems are restored, is significant.

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Ransomware is a type of computer virus. Ransomers use it to encrypt files and render them inaccessible to users and organizations. Businesses are left with few options other than paying a ransom to recover their locked files using the encryption key. Several ransomware variations have added new capabilities, such as data theft, to entice victims to pay the ransom.

Ransomware has evolved into a global danger that has hurt some of the world’s most recognizable businesses. Basically, Ransomware is a threat to businesses of all sizes. Before digital files can be retrieved or restored, ransomware effectively “takes” them and demands a monetary ransom.

Ransomware is a destructive, malicious attack that may be devastating to both large and small enterprises. Yes, ransomware attacks pose a risk to your business.

How does Microsoft help you with Ransome detection and Ransome recovery?

When ransomware attacks your OneDrive files, ransomware detection notifies you and guides you through the recovery process. Ransomware is malicious software; which encrypts your data and makes it impossible for you to access it unless you pay a ransom.

If Microsoft 365 detects a ransomware attack, you’ll receive a notification on your device and an email from Microsoft. Your first notification and recovery are both free if you haven’t already done so.

With Microsoft, you can also follow the few steps and you will be able to recover the files immediately.  Following are the Microsoft ransomware recovery steps to follow with one drive.

Ransomware Recovery

With the zero-trust design, ongoing security assessment, the principle of least privilege, and security awareness training for its staff, Microsoft 365 is extremely secure. It cannot, however, protect you from attacks or data loss that happens due to malware, ransomware, human mistake, sync difficulties, or malicious deletion on your end.

The most common channel for ransomware is email phishing, and the omnipresent Microsoft Office 365 email is regularly targeted.

There have been increasing allegations of Microsoft Office 365 being targeted by sophisticated ransomware attacks, such as WannaCry, Cerber, Wickr/Hello, and others, due to its sensitive personal and business-critical data.

Ransomware can access your network with just one click on a phishing link in an email or Team conversation.

Once inside, the ransomware can erase, encrypt, or exfiltrate data saved in Exchange, OneDrive, Outlook, Calendar, and SharePoint. Microsoft has heeded the warning and has developed a suite of solutions to safeguard data against ransomware, including Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and Microsoft Defender.

  1. With Microsoft Secure Score, you can evaluate your organization’s security settings.
  2. To detect, alert, and block the sharing of sensitive data, use Microsoft Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies.
  3. Use Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps to keep an eye on and prevent sensitive data from being downloaded.
  4. Configure Exchange email settings to industry-standard security configurations, as phishing is the major vector.
  5. MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) is a powerful barrier against viruses (and an Office 365 mandate). Check to see if MFA is necessary.
  6. To classify sensitive “ransomable” data, use Microsoft Information Protection.

The best practices are simple to follow in this case. Upgrade your IT security protection, patch software on a regular basis, establish cross-organizational cybersecurity training efforts, and keep your incident response plans up to date.

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You may go through all the processes to recover data, but ransomware recovery services may never be sufficient. Even the procedures by Microsoft can fall short. So, the best practice is prevention. One of the best prevention methods is a cloud-based Azure backup solution or Microsoft Dynamics 365 cloud. This can be quite helpful to avoid losing data at all. Also, this can help you protect your data from human-operated ransomware attacks.

Moreover, if you are still facing problems, we at DHRP can always assist with our best solutions.

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