The Growing Threat of Cyber Attacks
Small Businesses are Not Immune from Cyber Attack
When an organization falls victim to a cyber-attack, the damages will vary depending on the systems and information stored and processed. Websites, as the primary external face of your business, are highly vulnerable.
Any owner of an eCommerce website that finds itself compromised could lose access to customer data and orders and access to the website itself. This downtime would result in a severe loss of sales, but the attackers could also steal sensitive customer information, violating PCI requirements and most states’ privacy laws.
Cyberattacks result in lost sales but open your organization to potential regulatory and legal liability.
In the worst and most likely scenario, your systems will remain locked even if you pay the ransom, and the attackers will never return the information.
The public now fully realizes the threat of ransomware attacks following the devastating WannaCry attacks in 2017 and, more recently, the Colonial Pipeline attack in June 2021. To make matters worse, former CEO of Cisco Systems, John Chambers, expected that companies across the U.S. will see over 65,000 ransomware attacks throughout 2021. While many cyberattacks reported in the news targeted larger companies like McDonald’s and JBS, small local businesses are in danger. A recent survey conducted by Infrascale in 2020 has revealed that over 45 percent of small & medium businesses (SMBs) have been victims of ransomware attacks. Additionally, with about 30 percent of the surveyed SMBs claiming that they don’t have enough time to explore ransomware solutions, it’s almost inevitable that attackers will target these businesses.
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The Three Rs “Readiness, Response, and Recovery” Readiness is Doing the Right Things Before an Attack!
Cyberattacks are preventable. With proper planning, You can protect your website and business against cyberattacks. What you should do:
- Interim or Part-time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO): Engage a part-time and interim CISO to develop necessary cybersecurity strategies and budgets. These services can include risk assessment,
- Cybersecurity Risk Assessment: perform a risk assessment across your systems, networks, and applications. Make sure your strategies are healthy and ready for known challenges.
- Vulnerability Assessment: Scan your systems and networks to inventory your plans and determine if they have any known weaknesses.
- Vulnerability Remediation: Remediate these vulnerabilities immediately by implementing necessary patches and upgrades to your PCs, laptops, mobile devices, and servers. Timely patching is the best way to avoid successful attacks.
- Endpoint protection platform: deploy a credible endpoint protection platform, which could be as simple as basic anti-virus, but this is not usually enough. A quality EDR solution, while somewhat more expensive, provides overall better protection. Coupled with a SPAM filter on your email system, this can provide significantly greater protection than Anti-virus alone.
We can help you select the proper technology that meets your needs and budget.
- Network Segmentation: Higher risk devices like printers, surveillance cameras, consumer-grade network appliances (IoT) pose a risk to your network. Segregate these devices behind a separate network to minimize the threat from attackers. Upgrade to a commercial-grade router and firewall to create a more secure and segmented network.
- Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: Encrypted Cloud Backup for all systems is a great way to ensure resilience against cyber and Ransomware attacks.
- Security Awareness Training: Train your employees to avoid cybersecurity risks and to look for cybersecurity risks.
Take It to The Next Level!
Ultra Secure Cloud Backup for all Systems
Why just secure your website? There is probably another system that needs protection. To meet his need, we also offer a similar service using secure cloud storage that supports your website and all your systems (Laptops, PCs, Macs, and Servers). You are in control. Our approach goes beyond encryption and simple backups and does not require sophisticated and expensive hardware. The solution provides exponential information protection at the device, user, and storage level. Keeping your most important information under control and resilient from attack.
- Ransomware Protection – Multi-level protection from sensitive data loss, including IP, as the digital transformation progresses
- Hybrid Cloud Resilience – Move beyond on-prem storage to enhance data loss protection and restoration from attack & failure but maintain universal access. If there is an Internet connection, you have access to your data.
- Threat Management – Block external and internal threats to blunt data exfiltration from attacks on user-sensitive information.
Perimeter, Network vs. Data Security
Security professionals historically focused on protecting the network as a strong perimeter was an indicator of the security posture or strength of an organization’s cybersecurity defenses. As a result, network perimeters are highly hardened and difficult to crack. However, cybercriminals look for the easiest path to launch an attack.
In general, people are the weakest link in any defense, and cyber-criminals take advantage of this. The increase in SPAM containing malware is an example of this trend. Another change caused by the pandemic is the movement of staff out of the office.
Organizations need to address these operational business changes and move their security focus from the perimeter and internal networks to support a more mobile workforce.
You Need Access and Security at The Same Time, Quick Response and Recovery When (Not If) An Attack Occurs
RANSOMWARE: Avoid data loss. Quickly and easily restores previous file versions. Compatible with well-designed storage configurations on known cloud service providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google.
DATA BREACHES: Fully encrypted data stored in the cloud on guard against information loss due to brute-force and man-in-the-middle attacks.