How to Stop Cyber Extortion with Ransomware Protection!
All it takes is one click. An employee at your business opens an email, a phishing scam. Cleverly disguised as a legitimate message, the email contains links to a website embedded with malicious code. When the employee clicks on it, they inadvertently expose your company’s computer systems to a nasty strain of ransomware.
The impact is felt immediately. The ransomware encrypts all of your company’s shared resources, including important financial files. It also locks you out of your back-office application that runs your operation. Your business is dead in the water.
You can’t access your inventory, accounts payable information or order records. Your entire operation, from the back office to the warehouse, is at a standstill.
Not a problem if PSI is your information technology partner! We take snapshots of the your data every 15 minutes, all you have to do is choose a recovery point from before the infection occurred. PSI wil identify the exact time of the attack, then roll back to the clean data.
The recovery takes only a matter of minutes. Within an hour, you are back up and running again, like nothing had happened.
This is just one example of how PSI’s ransomware protection—built right into its data backup devices—is literally saving companies from one of the worst forms of malware today.
Once your data is encrypted, you don’t have many options. You can pay the ransom and cross your fingers. Or, if you’ve got PSI backing up your data like you should be, you can roll back to a recovery point before the attack happened. Poof! Data restored, ransomware gone, back in business.
Since most ransomware attacks still arise out of malicious emails, it’s important to train employees on safe Internet usage. First, they should understand the seriousness of the risks as well as you do: one seemingly harmless click could actually cripple the entire business. But also, they should be taught what to look for: how to spot a phishing email, when to trust an unknown sender, which websites and links to avoid. PSI has an employee education program in place to educate your workforce on the dangers of malware so you can significantly reduce the chances of a successful attack.
Ransomware is only getting worse, and attacks show that the malware is getting more sophisticated and more destructive. Businesses of all sizes need to be more proactive about implementing sound business continuity strategies and technologies that will protect them from an attack.
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Happy July Friends!
In the business that we are in, managing and protecting the lifeblood of your business, your data, it would be negligent of us not to share with you any and all news that pertains to what evils lurk in cyberspace. Unfortunately, that’s impossible since it is in the news daily. So, this month, we will limit our focus on Stunning Cybercrime Statistics…
“No locale, no industry or organization is bulletproof when it comes to the compromise of data.”
Those words from Verizon’s “2016 Data Breach Investigations Report” neatly summarized the cyberthreat environment today. There is no immunity. This year’s wave of cybercrime statistics suggest that threats are well-funded, increasingly nefarious and more costly to victimized organizations. In fact, IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty described cybercrime as “the greatest threat to every profession, every industry, every company in the world.”
Here are some cybercrime statistics to encourage businesses just like yours to bolster their cybersecurity efforts. No scare tactics here — just the cold hard facts from a wide variety of sources.
Small to Midsized Businesses at Risk
Small and midsized organizations (SMBs) are hardly immune to cybercrime — actually quite to the contrary. According to Keeper Security’s “The State of SMB Cybersecurity” report, a staggering 50 percent of small and midsized organizations reported suffering at least one cyberattack in the last 12 months. The average cost of a data breach involving theft of assets totaled $879,582 for these SMBs. They spent another $955,429 to restore normal business in the wake of successful attacks. For these SMBs, 60 percent of employees use the exact same password for everything they access. Meanwhile, 63 percent of confirmed data breaches leverage a weak, default or stolen password.
Phishing is a well-known cybercrime technique that involves defrauding an online account user by posing as a legitimate entity. According to the Verizon, 30 percent of phishing emails are actually opened, and 12 percent of those targeted click on the infecting link or attachment.
We offer PSI Clients state-of-the-art Security Awareness Training to help you manage the IT security problems of social engineering, spear phishing and ransomware attacks.
(portions of this newsletter were adapted from www.securityinteligence.com)
|Ken Doerbecker, President|
Brad Dornish of Dornish Law Offices, PC, has been a PSI Managed Services client for the past year. In this video testimonial, Brad describes how PSI has replaced his former IT Services provider and saved his firm money, streamlined his businesses IT infrastructure, made his business more efficient, secure and kept his staff from wasting time “on his dime” watching Cat videos! Thanks Brad for your business and trust!
Recently an article was posted in the associated press regarding an outage at Medstar Health Facilities.
You can read the article by clicking here…
Comment by PSI President, Ken Doerbecker…
“…BCDR would have enabled a quick recovery from this… minutes, not 10 days.”
In order to keep up with an increasingly competitive market, your business needs to run as efficiently as possible. And the key to efficiency, the backbone of your company, is your technology. Your information systems are crucial to the success of your business, yet many companies either put off or scale back on IT support. The truth is, the better your tech support, the better your technology, which in turn will benefit your bottom line.
It is essential for any business in today’s technology-driven world to have a well-established Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan, as a long-term strategy that allows for business operations in the event that that an unplanned event causes a disruption to business operations.