LEARN HERE HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS AND
SURVIVE AN ATTACK WITHOUT PAYING A RANSOM!
How do you know you’ve been attacked? What does it look like? With legacy attacks – typical to most hacking – the bad guys want to obtain financial credentials like your login information to steal data. With ransomware it is different. Ransomware encrypts your data (makes it inaccessible to you) and it is then held hostage until you pay a “ransom” to get it released.
Large corporations are prime targets although many hackers target small to medium-sized businesses too. Don’t believe it? Look at this article describing the carnage nearly inflicted on industry giant, Mattel:
In this “phishing email” scam, hackers took advantage of a situation involving a legitimate financial transaction taking place at the time and it nearly cost the company $3M! If you have never heard of phishing emails, read about them on our site here: Types of Viruses
From Time Magazine’s Tech Security April 2016: While each type of ransomware virus and phishing scam is different, some, like the now famous CryptoLocker, boasted a 41% “success rate”—meaning that more than a third of victims ended up paying the ransom, according to a survey in the United Kingdom by the University of Kent. That virus earned between $3 million and $27 million for its criminal overlords, according to various estimates.
While there’s no central clearinghouse that keeps of every ransomware attack, cybersecurity experts estimate that there are several million attacks on American computers a year. The average victim shells out about $300, according to a study by the global cybersecurity firm Symantec. But that adds up overtime.
In 2014, for example, one version of ransomware, CryptoWall, infected more than 625,000 computers worldwide, including a quarter million in the U.S., according to Dell Inc., and earning hackers roughly $1 million in just six months.
The only way to protect against a ransomware attack is rote: keep your operating system up to date, renew your anti-virus software regularly, back up your files on a daily or weekly basis, and never download anything from an email address you don’t recognize. Many cybersecurity experts warn that people should be particularly skeptical of emails with attachments that appear to be from trusted brands, like FedEx or Amtrak, when they arrive unexpectedly.
Imagine your accounting files, customer database, payroll, or employee files are suddenly inaccessible? What do you do? If ransomware locks you out of these files, could you recover?
Ransomware attacks are real. Image how having your business files encrypted would impact your customers. How can you prevent the risk and damage associated with business interruption associated with a ransomware attack?
LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS WITH OUR
“GOOD, BETTER, BEST” PREVENTION MODEL:
Backing up all of your data routinely is the #1 way to avoid loss, prevent downtime, and ward off would-be hackers. Using a layered approach to backing up your data by implementing multiple backup resources is key to protecting your business from loss associated with attacks.
Educate your staff on the importance of loss prevention. Remind them of the importance of recognizing and reporting viruses, phishing scams, and ransomware. Not sure how? Call Friendly Computers: 281-554-5500.
Keeping all of your software and Operating Systems updated is also key to prevention. Many times software updates include the latest security measures to keep your data safe.
Antivirus protection that is updated regularly, runs routinely, and includes anti-spam measures and link scanning promotes loss prevention and protection from hackers.
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