In today's world of rampant cybercrime, every savvy business owner knows the necessity of locking down their data. However, we find that the cyber security technologies used by the vast majority of businesses are woefully out of date. Sure, your current solution may have worked great, but digital threats to the safety of your company are constantly evolving. Criminals will eventually attempt to breach your data — and your barriers are not as secure as you might think.
Ransomware attacks seems to follow a similar pattern. First, HR or another targeted user receives a file as an attachment. What was disguised as a résumé quickly becomes a nightmare for IT support and snowballs into a full-out crisis. But ransomware doesn't have to compromise your business. There are ways to prevent against ransomware attacks and stay out of the spotlight.
What Is Ransomware?
Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts your files or shuts you out of your computer until you pay a fee.
Summer is upon us… Time for a stroll in the park...softball...fishing...a few rounds of golf…
Yet how could you possibly relax if some random bit of malware, software glitch or cyber-attack catches you off guard just as you’re walking out the door? A well-designed secure computer network gives you the confidence that “all systems are go,” whether you’re having fun in the sun, or just getting things done with your team.
Ralph’s been a good employee for you. Shows up on time. Gets the job done. Doesn’t hassle anybody.
He’s also a porn addict. When nobody’s looking, he’s visiting sites – on your network – that you’d be appalled to see IF…you knew about them. Without careful monitoring and filtering, this kind of Internet use on your network can remain hidden.
Ryan loved tweaking photos on his Android phone.
He’d heard rave reviews from his friends with iPhones about Prisma, a new iOS app for image editing. So when he heard Prisma would soon be released for Android, he logged in to the Google Play Store to see if it was there yet.
“Never before in the history of humankind have people across the world been subjected to extortion on a massive scale as they are today.” That’s what The Evolution of Ransomware, a study by Mountain View, California-based cybersecurity firm Symantec, reported recently.
Efficient Escrow of California was forced to close its doors and lay off its entire staff when cybercriminals nabbed $1.5 million from its bank account. The thieves gained access to the escrow company’s bank data using a form of “Trojan horse” malware.
In 2015, the world's first "international cybermafia" stole up to $1 billion from more than 100 global financial institutions. The gang's "spear-phishing" emails opened the bank's digital doors and released trojans into each entity, which then directed ATMs to transfer huge sums of money into dozens of hacker accounts. Although your business might not have billions in the bank, data breaches like these could happen to any entity -- regardless of size -- and implementing a cyber security checklist is the first step to securing your digital walls.
Thirty-three percent of small business owners place a high priority on technology investment, according to eMarketer. As a small business owner, you seek out new ways to improve your operations, but you may face several roadblocks along the way. By learning about these inevitable IT problems now, you'll be better prepared to overcome them and get more ROI from your technology.
1. Desktop Support
An outage in your infrastructure can cause major setbacks for your business. In fact, 27 percent of small businesses lack desktop support, which means you'll need to take time away from your leadership duties to fix it or find inefficient workarounds for the issue. Even small problems can add up fast when you have to fit it around an already hectic schedule.