The city of Baltimore was HACKED / INFECTED by Ransomware recently. The hackers demanded $100,000 to restore the data. According to the news, Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young says the city won't pay. Of course, it’s the folks who do pay that create the demand thus perpetuating these bad-guy businesses. Can you imagine what they’re going through with no data or email?
We live in a world where there are serious Cybersecurity risks. It does not matter how big or how small your business is. The threats are real. It may sound like I’m trying to scare you because I am. So, what can you do to protect your business aside from finger crossing? The first step is understanding what you are up against.
Let’s start with your top 3 risks;
- Number 1 is Ransomware. This virus encrypts your files so that you can’t access them unless you pay the ransom. Some people pay and never get their data back. The place to start is making sure your data and backups are stored locally in an area inaccessible to viruses meaning that you cannot browse to it from your workstation or user account. Next, be sure to replicate them to the cloud beyond the reach of Ransomware and viruses. Also, keep your operating systems and software patched and up to date.
- Number 2 is Phishing emails that try and trick you into entering your username and password giving the bad-guys access to your email or other accounts. Most people have seen phishing emails and know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, 29% of us still click on them. You can reduce that percentage to less than 2% with Security Awareness Training (SAT). It’s so much less expensive to train your team proactively.
- Number 3 may come as a surprise. Your 3rd biggest risk is your IT person. We routinely on-board new clients when they discover this truth via disaster. It’s common for small companies to put complete trust in a single individual to manage their IT and Security. Now there are a lot of great single individual IT people. What we see as the problem is that a single individual is pulled in too many directions to be able to keep an eye on the fundamental protections. It takes a team to hold each other accountable along with a proven process to keep up with the never-ending security Improvements.
In summary, Cybersecurity is no joke, these are real threats. Being proactive is your only defense. It’s a great idea to have your systems evaluated and create a contingency plan. It’s also a great idea to activate Security Awareness Training for your team to reduce your phishing risk. Why not take the next step and get your Free Quote? Click on “Get My Free Proposal” at Alexssa Enterprises, Ltd.