By now you will be aware of the crippling disruption caused by the cyber attack on the NHS. The media was firmly focussed on the NHS but in reality, businesses all over the world have been affected. There has also been a wave of further viruses released into the wild disguising themselves as ‘protection’ against the ‘WannaCrypt’ ransomware virus.
At the time of writing it has been announced that the virus has been re-released into the wild having been re-written by its creator without the kill switch. This is a particularly nasty virus and it’s causing havoc around the world.
Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their methods of attack and as a business, you need to be just as sophisticated in the way you protect yourself. If you have an internet connection, you are a target. Any vulnerability in your system can be exploited and, well, you have seen the results of such a breach.
If you don’t have an in-house IT department and you are not outsourcing your IT needs to a reliable IT support company with the capacity for system monitoring and a fully managed suite of world-class security products, then you may as well hang a sign out letting the world know your data is free to take.
It’s like leaving your doors wide open when you and your staff go home in the evening. And you should definitely be backing up your data to a secure location offsite.
Because approximately one million viruses are released into the wild every single day it is impossible to be 100% protected 100% of the time, but you can give yourself the very best fighting chance possible. One way to do so it to learn how to protect your emails.
Intrasource has been protecting businesses and saving them money since 2000. We are based in Hessle in the East Riding of Yorkshire and have perfected the art of remote IT support, security and monitoring. We also offer vastly experienced and highly skilled IT consultancy. We can design and install improved systems where necessary.
As a minimum, your business should invest in quality IT security services. We partner with the most effective security company out there. ESET’s security products consistently out-perform the competition and have by far the smallest system requirements, meaning it does not slow your system down whilst doing its job. From our console, we can remotely deploy, monitor and manage your security, effectively removing most of your risk and worry level.
Taking out IT support alongside security will allow us to support your individual users, monitor any servers, address system vulnerabilities and help with 3rd party software integration.
If you fall victim to cybercrime, not only will you suffer the financial and reputational implications of lost data and attempted recovery from the damage, but you will most likely be investigated and fined by the ICO for the data breach.
The events of the last week should be a wake-up call for the thousands of businesses that are running old versions of software and operating systems that are no longer supported by the vendor. Because they are no longer supported, there are no patches or updates leaving systems riddled with vulnerabilities and it’s only a matter of time before there is a security breach.
Contact us if you need help getting up to date and secure, or if you would like an assessment of your current systems to see how vulnerable you potentially are. The cost of protecting your business will be peanuts compared to the cost of falling victim to an attack.
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