Cybercrime is a booming business. And Ransomware is a type of malware that is still created by cybercriminals and is used to compromise a machine, system or network and to threaten to keep, publish or wipe all the data unless a specified ransom is paid. is the most widespread and damaging threat to the security of small business. With cybercriminals growing more determined and sophisticated, the question is no longer if, but when, your business will be targeted.
Since the first attack in 2013, a new era of highly targeted, file-encrypting ransomware variants delivered through carefully crafted spam messages designed to disrupt business and extort money from business owners has emerged. Attackers now have the tools to copy and steal business and customer data in addition to encrypting it, magnifying the effect of the attack. Suddenly, public exposure of customer and business data is a real risk in addition to business disruption, with no guarantees of relief, even if a ransom is paid.
What should you do to protect your data and reputation?
- Implement the best cybersecurity technology with a focus on disrupting the whole attack chain, not just a single piece of Malware is short for “Malicious Software” and is typically coded and designed by cybercriminals for the intel to corrupt a machine, system or gain access to a network. Malware is most commonly created and sold on the Dark Web..
- Apply effective cybersecurity practices and policies.
- Educate your staff on the risks and required behaviors, creating a security-aware culture.
- Work with a Managed Services Provider with security expertise, like Accelerate.
Managing your cybersecurity operation and keeping it current and effective is a full-time job that most businesses owners simply do not have the time or skills for. Partnering with a Managed Services Provider, like Accelerate, solves this problem for you by offering custom cybersecurity solution services to suit your business needs.
Accelerate works as an extension of your business to fill cybersecurity gaps through industry leading solutions, business security policies, employee awareness training, and 24/7 proactive monitoring and response. These types of managed security services are critical to ensure a strong secure posture – giving you time back to run your business. As your trusted advisor of technology and security, Accelerate will partner with you to learn your business, then build the security policies and technology services necessary to help protect your data and reputation. Finally, Accelerate offers customized reports and regular business reviews with Accelerate consultants to provide the information you need to feel confident in having a strong security posture.
At Accelerate, we specialize in helping businesses realize a strong return on your cybersecurity investment by implementing security protections that help shield your business at every entry point. In addition to a reduced vulnerability to threats, Accelerate’s cybersecurity clients enjoy:
Improved client trust
The fastest way to lose clients is to lose their data or to expose them to a security risk. Not to mention, if the client suffers a serious security breach, the fallout could be irreparably damaging to your company’s reputation. Strong cybersecurity not only protects your clients. It protects your ability to attract new ones.
Protection from recovery expenses
It only takes one compromised record to cost your business thousands of dollars. When you consider other, ancillary losses – such as system and employee downtime, or lost customers and sales – the price tag of even a minor security issue adds up fast.
A brighter future
Make no mistake: Cybersecurity is an investment in your company’s long-term goals. By aligning your business goals with smart risk-management practices, you’ll create a clear runway for future success.