I would advise making all network shares READ only, unless there is very good reason for them to be writeable. For historical documents, old medical files, etc, there's probably no reason for them to be writable. If users do need to update some of the files, etc - then place these on a separate share with write access.
No-one has mentioned backups to WORM drives yet. e.g. backups to DVD, BluRay, etc. These can save your bacon and the media is as cheap as chips these days.
>I can't imagine what kind of file(s) could be so important to warrant a $2100 payment.
Geezuz, I can. Source code for your software products, company invoices and tax records going back years, general documents created as part of your work, documents prepared for clients, important documents and files needed for a looming deadline, and so on. If a company network share is encrypted, then even the last week of work could easily be worth $2,000. The last day of work could be even be worth $2,000, especially if it was critical or the deadline was looming !
If all of your family photos and videos were encrypted, you'd pay a lousy $2,000 wouldn't you ? I would. I'd be mad as hell with myself for doing it, and I'd use this energy to make sure I damn well plugged up all security holes, learned to create proper backups, etc so that I never suffered from ransomware again, but I would pay the money to get my "priceless" family memories back.
>I'm sure they are having fun watching this board and probably laughing at us...
Yes, they most certainly are ... watching and laughing ... all the way to the bank.
To them, this is a game of chess, with an endless number of "suckers" ....
Edited by Moose_Valley, 04 November 2013 - 09:46 PM.