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What Are The Chances Of Being Hit By Ransomware?

Higher than you think unfortunately ...

 
 


Ransomware has hit the headlines recently. From an email phishing attack to downloading malware from a dodgy website, once you're infected your files are locked and a demand for money is made ...

The chances of being hit by ransomware are far higher than you may think!

The chances of being hit by ransomware are far higher than you may think!

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And the blind panic sets in and you hit the phone to your IT support guru who may roll their eyes and think "oh no, not again". Can they fix it? Possibly. It depends on whether updates have been released and if patches are available.

"But what are your chances of getting hit with Ransomware?"

The data is reasonably similar across the globe and in different industries, but we'll concentrate on the United Kingdom only, so here are some interesting statistics for you to digest:

  • 42% of UK businesses have been hit at least once

  • Healthcare and financial services are most likely targets

  • 4 out of 10 ransomware infections spread beyond the first infected computer

  • 3 out of 10 ransomware attacks resulted in lost data despite having backups

  • Ransomware variants have grown by a factor of 10x since 2015

But remember that certain companies are not likely to come forward and report ransomware attacks for fear of bad PR, so these figures could be far, far higher!

"So what can you do to protect your company and it's critical data?"

There are some simple and common solutions available to protect your business, whatever its size. Firstly, ensure all of your PC operating systems are patched and up to date. This can either be done centrally by your IT support provider, or insist that users accept patches and updates to their PCs when offered by the computer itself.

Next, ensure your firewalls are industrial grade and anti-virus software is up-to-date on all your PCs. Again, this is going to take a little social engineering to ensure your users click the 'install now' buttons when they appear rather than clicking 'install later' and forgetting about it.

Thirdly, make sure all of your servers and user computers are backed up overnight so if ransomware infection does occur, the computer can be scrapped (in extreme situations) and a new one setup quickly and easily with minimal distruption to your user. Any external hard drive connected to a users PC can also be encrypted during a ransomware attack so a full, nightly and secure off-site backup is highly recommended.

And lastly, work with an IT support provider such as Virtual IT. Our security team keeps track of the threats out there and we proactively install patches and upgrade firewalls, antivirus and operating systems as part of our comprehensive support packages.

In fact, for a lot of the time, your users won't even know we've done a thing. All they'll know is they never got hit with that latest ransomware attack and were able to keep calm and carry on when peers in other companies were losing their data and having to pay ransoms out to nefarious cybercriminals.

"Would you like to know more?"

Regardless of the size of your company, Virtual IT can help you. We have a range of comprehensive support packages available and can ensure your company and its systems are protected at all times. Call us on 0333 335 0461 if you'd like to find out more.

Until next time ...

THE VIRTUAL IT TEAM


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