If we told you some businesses have had to close their doors because of the devastating effects of ransomware, we're sure you'd sit up and take notice. What's more, criminals using ransomware as their weapon of choice to target businesses of all shapes and sizes are finding ever more sophisticated ways to attack. It’s a serious problem that you can no longer afford to ignore.
Ransomware attacks are on the rise and criminals are winning.
In simple terms, ransomware is exactly what it sounds like. It’s one of the fastest growing forms of malware around:
You receive an email which looks interesting.
You open the attached file.
Your system doesn’t have the protection to keep it at bay and the attack is underway.
Suddenly, your files become encrypted and you’re locked out of accessing crucial documents which keep your business running day to day and to get them back, you’re told to pay a fee.
So what are the risks if I get attacked?
Paying the ransom doesn’t always ensure you get your files back and you can continue as normal. Lots of companies say that a ransomware attack has resulted in serious downtime, sales opportunities, loss of brand reputation and customers demanding to know where their orders are.
The effects can be long term and some businesses and organisations never recover.
Barely a week goes by without a big business, government department, financial services institute or healthcare provider reporting they have been attacked.
In 2017, it was the turn of the NHS after they were targeted through the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack. It cost the organisation £92million (£20million initially, with the rest spent on upgrading their IT systems) and 19,000 appointments had to be rearranged. The attack showed how crucial it was to have up-to-date IT systems and a back-up plan in place.
An attack like this could wipe out a smaller business with little or no effort at all, never to recover.
What do I do to protect myself and my business?
- Don’t open dodgy emails. If it looks dodgy, it more than likely is. And never ever give out personal data.
- Is a colleague emailing you to ask you to click on a link which looks strange? Don’t click it. They may have been hacked.
- Educate your staff. Sign them up to webinars. Organise meetings to tell them the importance of only clicking on emails which look and sound legitimate.
- Make sure your business has effective antivirus and firewall software running – this is critical.
- Take regular backups of your data. That way, if the worst was to happen, you’ll be able to revert to a clean copy of your information, bypassing the criminals and frustrating their plot to extort money.
At Backup Heroes, we offer backup solutions starting from just over £3 a month. Head to our dedicated Solutions Centre to find out more and find the right level of support for you and your business.
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