As your business becomes increasingly more digital, the devices, back-end systems, and applications you're using generate an overwhelming amount of data - which will only continue to increase.
A multitude of different data sources creates potential vulnerabilities that make your business an easy target for cybercriminals and ransomware.
The number of employees working remotely on-the-go has created more risk. When your employees exchange important business data using smartphones, tablets and personal laptops, your proprietary data and financial information, may be exposed and vulnerable to an attack.
Not to mention, they can easily download malicious applications that can infect their devices and hold data hostage. With the BYOD (bring-your-own-device) movement on the rise, it's only getting easier for hackers.
When thinking about cybersecurity, it's not just about "if" your business will be attacked; it's about "when" it will be attacked. Infection methods are more sophisticated and phishing scams look more realistic. Popular ransomware attacks serve as evidence.
In 2017, a phishing scam posed as a Google Docs request. When people clicked a link within the email, the hacker was able to access all their emails and contacts, as well as send and delete emails within accounts. The attack compromised more than 1 million Gmail accounts.
PayPal accounts were also targeted with a highly sophisticated phishing scam that asked people to take a selfie while holding credit cards and a form of identification.
Why were these attacks so successful? Because people immediately trusted the emails they received. By using the logos and powerful brand recognition that Google and PayPal have, the creators of these attacks were able to catch people off guard and, in turn, infect more devices.
These occurrences reaffirm that cybercriminals are more clever and their attack methods are more aggressive.
We want to help you be prepared in the event ransomware infects your devices and, most importantly, minimize or prevent critical business data from being stolen.
Our Six-Step Approach to Keeping Your Data Safe
Much like biological viruses, there are many ransomware threats circulating the web. With every occurrence, the sophistication of these viruses is increasing, including how they spread and how they encrypt data.
As your IT service provider, we know that protecting your business from ransomware is not a single-prong approach. Being able to mitigate or prevent attacks is our top priority. We have put in place an agile, multi-layered approach that can adapt as new and hostile threats emerge. Our best-in-class approach includes 6 layers:
The most basic layer of protection is to monitor and patch all computers and applications. With the latest patches, we can address all known OS Security vulnerabilities. Patching provides the most basic layer of protection to operating systems, especially once a security flaw is uncovered. We provide the latest patches to ensure your operating systems are running at peak performance and that all system vulnerabilities are addressed.
2. Antivirus and Network Monitoring
People are being targeted through more sources than ever - email, ad networks, mobile apps and devices. Anti-virus and network monitoring examines all files and traffic, and filters them against all known threats. We keep virus definition files updated to protect these systems.
3. Backup and Disaster Recovery
We do a full-system backup to protect your back-office systems. This enables us to stay on top of things when an attack occurs and provide a recovery option for unknown threats and even the most catastrophic failures.
4. Endpoint Backup
Although there's a layer of protection on your back-office systems, you will need to have backup and recovery of data for devices. These devices create, share and store business data, and if a cybercriminal captures this proprietary and sensitive information, it can have a significant impact on business productivity and profitability. We do real-time data backup on these endpoints to prevent business critical information from being compromised.
5. Secure File Sync and Share
We want to allow your employees to collaborate securely from any location and using any device - even their smartphones and tablets. Using our enterprise-grade secure file sync and share solution, you can grant access and editing controls for specific documents, such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, and we can help employees to recover documents that are maliciously or accidentally deleted.
6. Education and Awareness
The most important step in our process is to create awareness about these threats. We offer training and educational materials to help you educate your employees about cybersecurity risks, new ransomware strains and best practices for spotting phishing attempts, suspicious emails and other security risks. Empowering them to be proactive and encouraging them to report questionable content using rewards and incentives will help increase awareness and decrease overall risk.
As a full suite IT and cybersecurity firm, we can protect your business with a comprehensive solution.
New ransomware threats are constantly emerging and evolving. To learn how we can protect your business and provide a secure and collaborative environment for your employees, contact us today.