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Kyocera warns of hybrid working ransomware risk

Kyocera, a company that specialises in document solutions, has warned against the rise of ransomware attacks to businesses.

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Aaron Anderson is one professional who has commented on the recent increase in cyber-attacks.

The Kyocera Group is made up of 308 companies around the world with the group’s global headquarters based in Japan, where the corporation begun as a ceramics and electronics manufacturer.

Having produced printers such as the TASKalfa 2554ci and TASKalfa 3554ci, which both provide a range of security features, Kyocera has a wealth of knowledge in the security and software market.

Kyocera says that organisations cannot lose sight of the “basics of hardware and software” especially when so many ransomware attacks fill news on a daily basis.

Changes in working locations, devices, and times has resulted in a bigger attack surface for cybercriminals to work in. To combat this, Aaron Anderson, head of marketing at Kyocera, says organisations need to examine and fully audit all devices used within their company to make sure they are secure and up to date to combat the latest threats.

In 2020, technology publication, Cybernews, hacked around 28,000 unsecured printers in order to raise awareness of their security issues. In the experiment Cybernews forced devices around the world to print out a five-step guide on how to secure a printer.

It’s crucial that leaders remain fully focused on the fundamentals of good cybersecurity in the battle against ransomware

Commenting on the new threats, Anderson adds: “The debate around how best to deal with ransomware threats has shifted recently to the role of insurance companies, covering areas such as the feasibility or legality of paying out on a ransom demand.

“However, it’s crucial that leaders remain fully focused on the fundamentals of good cybersecurity in the battle against ransomware. This means taking steps to fully understand the company’s potential attack surface in an era of remote working, then eliminate vulnerabilities where they exist.”

To eliminate potential threats Anderson advises companies to reduce human error by encouraging employees to be more open about concerns or suspicions about hacking or social engineered messages.

Anderson concludes: “Backing up sensitive data on a regular basis is integral to any anti-ransomware strategy, for the simple reason that ransom demands need never be indulged if the data can be easily retrieved from elsewhere.”

If you have any news, email david@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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