Ransomware unleashed onto both cities’ systems, leaving them helpless.
In Riviera, employees couldn’t complete daily activities like emails or calls. The government even had to bring out paper checks to pay people. Lake City was impacted much the same.
In this case, malicious emails caused both ransomware attacks. But that’s not the only way for hackers to sneak onto your network. There are plenty of small business ransomware risks.
Take these examples.
- Man-in-the-middle attacks: think public WiFi
- Infected USBs or other removable hard drives
- Malicious websites: think drive-by downloads
- Fake software downloads
- Peer-to-peer file sharing: remember LimeWire?
Who’s a Target?
Those without proper cybersecurity practices. Often, it’s small organizations lacking the right resources and training.
The problem is hackers know this weakness. Although corporations have more money to steal, they also have more security. Small entities are simply easier for hackers to strike.
People don’t think they have the time or money to do cybersecurity the right way. Usually, the fear is worse than reality.
What Are the Potential Consequences?
Ransomware's business impact can be huge. Hackers can steal files like client health records or routing numbers. They can expose your trade secrets.
And that’s not all. Once the hackers finish with you, you’re at risk of client/customer lawsuits and a tarnished reputation. Take a look at Colorado Timberline. If you’re thinking, “I just don’t want to end up in the news,” proper cybersecurity will make sure you don’t.
How Concerned Should I Be?
It depends on how effective your managed service provider or IT department is. We’re following a three-stage process to cover all bases.
- Ensuring all security fundamentals, like network segmentation, are in place
- Backing up everything (and focusing on the right backups)
- Using proprietary tools to stop ransomware before it ever reaches our clients
If your IT provider or IT department isn’t doing the same, you need to ask why.
What Should I Do?
If you’re part of iVenture
You're all set. We’ve got you covered. Reach out to your principal consultant for any questions.
If you’re not a client yet
You shouldn't be asking yourself, "Does my computer have ransomware?" The best ransomware attack prevention is to be proactive.
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