In Albert’s Corner this month, an updated look at the ransomware epidemic.
I hate to keep banging the same drum, but when statistics show a 6000% increase in something (yes, that’s six thousand percent) it’s probably a drum worth beating.
That something is ransomware, and the 6000% increase happened in 2016 alone.
If you’re new to this discussion, a quick description of ransomware and how it usually goes: an employee receives an email with an attachment, usually made to look like an invoice or other important business document. He or she doesn’t look closely enough, opens the attachment, and their computer (and possibly your server) is locked down by ransomware … you have no access to your vital business data.
The culprits are usually overseas hackers, and often the best and only way to regain access to your information is to pay them via Bitcoin. The average price tag for that in 2016: $10,000.
Here’s where it gets even more scary: in a recent phishing test that mimicked the emails sent by hackers, 25% of employees clicked on the phony attachment. Look out your office door right now. Do you see four people? If so, one of them is likely to make this mistake and cost you a great deal of money.
It’s human nature to install the alarm system after we’ve been burglarized, or to change our eating and exercise habits only after we have a health scare. But this is one situation where you definitely do not want to wait until you have a problem. Like many things in the IT world, it’s much easier to prevent trouble with ransomware than to correct it.
Remember, the best preventative medicine is knowing you have a current offsite backup. The TRG Team can help with that and many other tools and services to help keep your business safe. From hosted Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam and Anti-Malware. to Security As A Service. Give us a call or contact us online so we can help you determine which approach is best for you.
Albert Blaize is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TRG Networking. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.