Ransomware is an attack on your business data, it’s designed to lock you out until you pay the price…
Threats can come in innocent-looking formats like:
- Internet downloads
The average costs to businesses who have a breach for 1,000 records are $52,000 – $87,000 and the downtime it causes the business can cost you 10s of thousands of dollars per day. Can your business really afford to take the risk of not getting protection or have a backup?
There are 3 simple steps to protect yours against this type of attack
- Backing up your files is essential.
- Getting a managed backup service is a great way to give your business peace of mind that if an incident did occur, you are covered and won’t be heard to ransom costing your business thousands of dollars.
- It’s not a matter of IF you will need a good backup of your critical business information but WHEN, so plan ahead and have a solid backup and recovery solution in place.
The best practices for keeping safe are to keep on top of your updates to antivirus and other applications, don’t avoid updates just to save some time. They’re critical to close those security holes the hackers will take advantage of… Stay vigilant and stick to the trusted websites, bookmark those you use regularly and know you can trust and if you aren’t sure about a website or email don’t click anything on it or double-check the person who sent it is who they claim to be. Other good practices are to check your backups to make sure they are current and up-to-date. Listen to your antivirus when it gives you warnings about possible threats and let your team know.
A ransomware attack means:
- Your business will have a loss of data that can temporary or permanent!
- You will have limited to no access for your systems or applications costing your business money.
- Disruptions to your business operations
- Financial loss
- Damage to your business reputation
Remember to check all of your information carefully
Use the safety checklist:
- Do you know the sender of the email?
- It makes sense if the email was sent? If something seems out of the ordinary check with the person who sent it directly
- The attached link or PDF link is something you can verify is safe.
- The email doesn’t threaten to close my accounts or cancel my cards if you don’t provide information.
- The email is from someone you trust and doesn’t just seem like someone you can trust.
- Nothing feels off about this email if it does don’t click anything or open any attachment.
If you think you have been a victim of an attack, don’t pay the hackers. Disconnect your computer from the network and call us on 03 9744 2887 immediately!