You can protect devices and data from ransomware in several ways. Since infection usually starts with a malicious email message, start with anti-malware cybersecurity that scans incoming messages for suspicious links or attachments. If found, quarantine the messages, keeping them from reaching user inboxes.
Content filtering on the network is also effective. It stops users from accessing attacker-controlled websites. Combined with email filters, content filtering is an effective way to stop ransomware and most malware from accessing your internal network.
Anti-malware software should run on all network devices including smartphones. Anti-malware stops ransomware from encrypting files and removes it from the system before it sends the payload. If the organization has a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, it is important to run an approved anti-malware application on user devices.
User training is a proactive way to protect from ransomware. Since ransomware often starts with phishing and social engineering, users trained to identify attacks are a good addition to other anti-malware measures. Combined, training and anti-malware systems greatly reduce cybersecurity risk. If anti-malware systems fail, users trained to identify an attack are not tricked into running malicious executables.