According to Cybersecurity Ventures'2019 Official Annual Cybercrime Report, cybercrime is expected to cost the world more than $6 trillion by 2021, $20 billion in damages due to Ransomware. Attacks are not limited to certain industries or stealing data either. This article from OHS Canada gives an example of an ethical hacker in Italy who successfully took over a tower crane's radio frequency controller. That can be disastrous! With these stats, combined with endless stories of the past few years, it's safe to say that no organization is safe from ransomware and we all need to be diligent. Depending on your contract, some clients allow, and even require, you to provide your own computer to perform work. Others strictly prohibit it. Regardless, you always need to be aware of these threats to protect your client, whether you're connected to their network or just storing some data on your own machine. A recent article written by Jason Hardy of Racksquared Data Centers, and published on The Business Journals provides three tips to protect business from ransomware:
Implement a 3-2-1 backup strategy. That includes having three copies of data, on two different types of media, and one of those copies are offsite.
Stay current on security patches. This is one of the simplest, but can also be overlooked due to time or expenses when you don't have a dedicated team to patches. You may consider outsourcing this to ensure it gets done.
Educate employees on security best practices. As noted above, there are no limits to who and what can get hacked, so do what you can to spread best practices and keep everyone within your team informed about how to stay safe.
Free Webinar to Protect Your Business from Ransomware Attacks
If you're interested in learning more about Ransomware and how you can protect yourself and your client, NPC is hosting a free webinar offering best practices and defence strategies. They'll discuss what ransomware is, how it works and how it has evolved, followed by what you can do about it. The webinar takes place Tuesday, March 10th at 1:00pm EST. You can get more details and register for the webinar here.NPC provides secure managed laptops, desktops and tablets for professionals who need reliable, secure computing with comprehensive support services. The devices are already sourced, configured, and secured with industry leading backup and security tools. From there, their support technicians continue to monitor and manage encryption and backup compliance, policy enforcement of biometric and strong password access, and overall system performance. If you're interested in trying NPC's service, Eagle contractors can get an exclusive offer here.