CryptoLocker, WannaCry, SamSam-at some point, we have all heard of these ransomware variants. This is likely due to the fact that ransomware coupled with well known organizations such as Boeing, FedEx, Merck and the City of Atlanta makes for big news.
What doesn’t make the news is that a staggering 71% of all ransomware attacks in 2018 were aimed at small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) and the reasons are very simple.
SMB leaders mistakenly believe that cyber security services are beyond their means; therefore they do not make the investment to adequately protect themselves. SMBs are also less likely to have backed-up their data, meaning it is easier to pay the ransom, move on, and get the business back up and running.
So what does this mean for your business? According to a recent 60 Minutes interview, Mike Christman, the head of the FBI’s Cybercrime unit, stated “I think everyone should expect to be attacked.”
Preparing for an attack may seem like a daunting, and costly, task for the SMB but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 4 simple and cost effective ways to manage your risk:
1. User Training
The easiest method to stop ransomware is to educate your end users. In most cases, the ransomware comes into the system after a user is prompted to open a file. Train your employees not to open unknown files or to look for signs of a malicious attachment, and you will minimize your risk.
2. Endpoint Protection
Select an endpoint solution that allows for real-time (or at the very least near real-time) attack updates and threat signatures to ensure you stay ahead of any global outbreaks.
3. Patch Management
Much like wearing a helmet when riding a bike, a properly patched desktop and server infrastructure will go a long way in preventing damage.
4. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
It goes without saying that having a full, daily backup of your data eliminates the need to have to pay the ransom. Having a backup which is stored offsite (such as with a cloud based provider) means that the cyber criminals have nothing of value to hold over you and ensures you continue your business operations without disruption.
To learn more about how we can proactively secure your network, servers and computers from ransomware, call us at 810-629-0131 or visit us at http://www.tdaniels.com/