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Wilson and his team talked for about two hours about whether they should pay the ransom. But there was too much to lose, including 10 years of documentation, he said, some of which was required to be kept by the state.
After losing more than a day's worth of work, Wilson decided he needed to get back to his business.
"The quickest, easiest way to handle this was to pay," he said.
PROTECT YOUR COMPANY
Here are tips to defending your computer system against malicious software:
-Use an effective, up-to-date anti-virus program.
-Be cautious when opening emails and attachments from unknown senders and when visiting small, hosted Web sites that feature community forums.
-Make sure computers are up to date with the latest patches.
-Upgrade firewall to a unified threat model that scans files as they enter your system.
-Regularly test your date backup system.
-Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit recommends regularly backing up data with offline storage. CryptoLocker will encrypt files that are in network-attached or cloud-based storage.
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