Your employees are probably sitting in front of their computers right now collectively generating dozens of gigabytes worth of data.

Yes! Valuable data such as Sales reports, marketing campaigns, invoices, along with contracts; just to name a few.

Wow that’s a lot of data. Heck, you might even own more data than you know what to do with. That’s why it’s imperative to backup your employee’s computers, regularly. You’ll thank me later!

The moment you arm your business with a data protection strategy, you’ll be able to sleep better at night, I promise!

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Today we’re discussing the most import reason why you need to backup your employees’ computers and how it will save your business in the near future.

It’s true.

To make matters more complex, in modern days of business we have more than just basic desktops and a clunky server heating up the back office. We have employee mobile devices, cloud, and virtualization just to name a few modern elements of IT infrastructure.

More technology comes with more responsibility.

Here’s the number 1 most important reason why you need to backup your business data now!

Backing up your Data Protects you from ransomware.

It’s true. It’s been stated that your employees are your first line of defense when it comes to protecting your valuable business data.

What happens when Steve accidentally opens a targeted spear phishing email? Your computer shows you a frightening screen demanding payment. Slowly, now Jessica has the same screen on her computer.  Now Jane is seeing it too. What’s going on?

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system’s screen or by locking the users’ files unless a ransom is paid. More modern ransomware families, collectively categorized as crypto-ransomware, encrypt certain file types on infected systems and forces users to pay the ransom through certain online payment methods to get a decrypt key.

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A company is hit with ransomware every 40 seconds.

(source: Barkly 2017 Ransomware statistics)

Screenshot of cryptolocker ransomware:

cryptolocker screenshot

Steve just activated a cryptolocker variant of Ransomware. Some smart hacker has fooled Steve into opening his carefully crafted email and downloading an attached file. Now, this hacker is holding all  your computers hostage until a fee of roughly $1,000.00 is paid. (the average ransom payment price has risen) Yes, all your valuable data is encrypted. You need the hacker’s decryption key to regain access. Now, all ten of your employees are sitting perplexed trying to understand what a bitcoin is and how to buy some so they can get back to work.

Who knows if the hacker will decrypt (unlock) your files if you play nice with them and pay the ransome? Nobody knows.

1 in 5 businesses that paid the ransom never got their files unlocked.

(source: Kaspersky 2016 Security Bulletin)

Guess what I know? I know all this headache could be easily prevented by backing up your employee’s computers. Yes, if Steve’s company had a legitimate working data backup, he could have just restored his data and not entertain the hacker’s request. How amazing does that sound? With so many ransomware victims in the news, I know you’ll appreciate not having to worry about your data after taking action and back up your employees’ data today.

Opening one bad email

When Your Company Gets Hacked, Will You Be Prepared? Complacency is a growing problem in corporate boardrooms globally.

Ransomware Attacks are bypassing security.

(source: Barkly 2017 Ransomware statistics)

7 out of 10 of the companies that have experienced ransomware had traditional security measures in place.

Email Phishing carrying ransomware has dropped about 50% in 2017. (source: Proofpoint)

Just when you think that’s good news, you’ll learn that…

ransomware hits small business

hackers are using a new method to get ransomware onto your network called RDP (remote desktop)

(source: webroot)

Even if you have well trained employees that can spot a phishing email etc. You’re still vulnerable to ransomware.

Hackers are avoiding human interaction all together in order to get ransomware on your machines.

Two thirds of ransomware infections in 2017 were delivered via RDP. Remote desktop.

(source: webroot)

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Hackers are now scanning the internet for systems with open ports such as port 445 for SMB, and port 3389 for RDP. Hackers are utilizing tools such as masscan that can scour the entire internet looking for open ports. This process takes them as little as six minutes! Once they find an open port exposing RDP, hackers will try to brute force their way past default passwords to gain execution.

Surprisingly, this is easily preventable for most small businesses to secure, however many businesses sit thinking it will never happen to them. Until more businesses take action, criminals are going to continue to make RDP a preferred method for hacking your business in 2018.

When Your Company Gets Hacked, Will You Be Prepared?

Today I strongly urge you to prevent this nightmare from becoming your reality by having your data regularly backed up. All it takes is an easy phone call to a managed IT service provider such as Hyphenet: (619) 325-0990.

Take action now and back up your employees’ computers.
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Complacency is a growing problem in corporate boardrooms globally.

(source: Robert Herjavec)

 

 

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