What are your chances of being held to ransom?

Kapersky reports the following worldwide internet security information for 2016:

  1. 62 new ransomware families made their appearance.
  2. There was an 11-fold increase in the number of ransomware modifications: from 2,900 new modifications in January/March, to 32,091 in July/September.
  3. Attacks on business increased three-fold between January and the end of Septemberthe difference between an attack every 2 minutes and one every 40 seconds.
  4. For individuals the rate of increase went from every 20 seconds to every 10 seconds.
  5. One in five small and medium-sized business who paid the ransom never got their data back.

Are you likely to be attacked?

Your chances of suffering a Ransomware attack are greatly increased if any or all of the following statements apply to your business:

  1. You rarely create, or don’t do data backups.
  2. You don’t always keep your software up to date.
  3. You have a mindset that says it can’t happen to me.
  4. Your staff have little or no cyber security awareness/education, meaning that they can easily be persuaded to click on almost anything.
  5. You are relying on antivirus software which can be ineffective because ransomware uses evasion techniques so it is undetected by traditional antivirus software.
  6. Your staff can download anything they like from the internet i.e. you have no security in place to prevent this.
  7. You try to fix IT issues yourself.
  8. Call a local IT Company to fix any IT issues as and when they arise.

Safeguards you can take to prevent ransomware attacks

  1. Make regular backups, make three copies and store each in a different place at least once per day.
  2. Keep your software applications and operating systems up to date.
  3. Take the view it could easily happen to me.
  4. Train your staff in the wiles and ways of the Cyber Attacker so that they are not tempted to click on anything unless they are 100% certain it’s from a secure source.
  5. Don’t rely on anti vrus software which may not be effective against ransomware.
  6. Don’t allow staff to download anything from the Internet and ideally use an MSP to prevent this happening automatically.
  7. Don’t try to fix IT issues yourself.
  8. Don’t rely on a local IT company to fix issues as and when they arise. This is especially true of Ransomware because once it has encrypted your files it’s unlikely your local IT company will be able to unencrypt them and even paying the ransom demand doesn’t guarantee  you’ll get your files back – after all there is no honour amongst thieves!
  9. Do use the services of an experienced MSP like Clearwave Enterprise Solutions who will be pleased to assess any Cybersecurity vulnerabilities in your company free of charge and devise an Internet Security Plan should you need one. Rquest your free consultation here https://clearwave.co.uk/freeconsultation