2018 will be a year of exciting sequels and the next instalments in beloved franchises. Unfortunately, by all accounts, the near future also contains the next instalments in a less than lovable saga: cybercrime. In particular, ransom ware is poised to be a particularly insidious threat. This poses huge threats to businesses who would do well to ensure they have a complete data recovery plan in place by thinking ahead.
Is Ransom-ware Really that Bad?
Data breaches seem to dominate many of the cybercrime headlines these days. However, ransom-ware is arguably a greater problem. Ransom-ware has caused billions of dollars worth of damage in 2017, and there is reason to believe that ransom-ware attacks will increase.
Why is it Getting Worse?
Companies are becoming more dependent on computers every single day. Paper files are replaced with word documents and spreadsheets. Processes once handled manually are being automated. This includes robotics being integrated into many production facilities around the world.
Often times this adoption of technology for daily operations out paces the security protocols put in place by the companies. Some may believe that because their digital operations do not deal with financial or identity information they are not going to be targeted by any cybercriminals. Traditionally this fallacy has been prevalent in the cases of production automation. This makes these companies prime targets for ransom-ware.
What Can You Do?
Data backups are vitally important for every company. If a ransom-ware infection occurs, there is no guarantee that the criminals will decrypt your company’s data even if you pay them. They may not even be able to decrypt it.
There are two important considerations for data backup. How often you need to backup your data, and how you will make these back ups available to everyone in the company who needs it. These two concerns can be addressed by third party services that backup data to the cloud.
These services create images of a server remotely on a set schedule and store them in the cloud. This cloud backup protects the data by keeping it off site and allowing access to anybody in the company world wide. This automation keeps server images as up to date as the company requires.
This method does rely on the company keeping your data safe from external attacks to their cloud storage. This means it is not be a fool proof protection plan, but it is one of the best options available today for companies to protect themselves from ransom-ware attacks. If you’d like to keep your data safe or would like a protection plan for your business then feel free to arrange a visit from a specialist at CyberCall Computer Repair Bristol who can provide full data recovery services and advice.