In Albert’s Corner this month, thoughts and statistics on the latest ransomware outbreak.
In our industry we sometimes feel like the boy who cried wolf … every week or two there’s a new threat on the cybersecurity front, and we all warn everyone to take action, to the point where some people just tune out. The difference is that the boy who cried wolf was just looking for attention; there was no wolf (until the fateful last time). In the world of cyber threats, the wolves are very real, and they are definitely at the door of your business.
If you’re not yet convinced, the May epidemic of the ransomware called WannaCry (or WannaCrypt) should have pushed you over the edge. I could go on at great length about the scale and scope of this outbreak, but instead, let’s just look at some statistics:
- Number of countries affected: 150
- Number of users’ PCs infected: 200,000
- Estimated ransom collected: $50,000
- Estimated cost to businesses: $4 billion
- Infected PCs running Windows 7: 98%
Among the institutions affected were numerous hospitals and Brazil’s social security system. In other words, this was a big, big deal. Oh, and one more “statistic:”
- Industry experts who believe the next outbreak will be worse: 100%
It’s very simple: if you’re still running on outdated operating systems, if you’re not using a multilayered suite of products like TRG TotalSecure to protect yourself, if you’re not training your employees to recognize and avoid phishing attempts and other malware, if you’re not taking steps towards regular and reliable backups of your vital data, then it’s a matter of when, not if, your business will take a hit from a cyber-threat.
Take a hard look at where you are now and where you need to be, and take immediate steps to close the gap. We’re here to answer your questions: Contact us.
Albert Blaize is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TRG Networking. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.