Published 10 July 2017
Ransomware is set to get increasingly more aggressive. Business owners are strongly advised to protect their systems or face damaging consequences
Cybercrime cost UK businesses £29 billion in 2016
In recent months, there have been two highly sophisticated global ransomware attacks on computer systems which have infiltrated some of the most sophisticated IT networks belonging to some of the most prestigious organisations – proving that no one is immune.
Some examples include the NHS, Telefonica, Renault, FedEx, Nissan, Hitachi and even some Russian Banks.
The future of Ransomware attacks is looking like it’s going to increase with threats of even more sophisticated strikes hitting an ever-increasing number of businesses large and in particular small.
There is no way unless, with global and military intervention, ransomware is going to disappear. It is far too easy and profitable for the criminals to get away with and in particular with payment being made using untraceable cryptocurrencies such as the Bitcoin.
I have heard of businesses being attacked and their IT company has responded by updating the companies Antivirus, Windows operating systems, Office software, running Malwarebytes and upgrading the Firewall. This is not an effective solution to protecting the business from ransomware attacks no more so than buying the business a new kettle.
There is no telling when the next attack will come. If you have already been hit, chances are you will be targeted again – particularly if you have already paid a ransom previously.
What can we do to protect ourselves from ransomware?
We at Apograph specialise in cyber-attack prevention along with the recovery of data and computer networks. We urge all business owners who rely on their data to allow us to inspect their computer-based systems to ensure they are configured correctly.
We can check the Antivirus configuration and feedback on any areas of concern. We can also check the Server configuration to ensure there are no loopholes or doors left open where attackers can compromise the system. We’ll also check for endpoint (workstation) vulnerabilities.
In full, we will leave no stone unturned.
What do I do next?
To discuss what we can do for you, please call us on 01858 455426.