DTCI Tips: Malware Tricks that are no Treat!

October 25, 2016

With October seeing its 13th year as National Cyber Security Awareness month, it seems appropriate for DTCI Tips to revisit ransomware as a threat to small and medium sized businesses.  Today, awareness is more important than ever!  Read on for some recent and staggering statistics.

  1. 67% of ransomware targets are SMBs with sub-par IT security and valuable data
  2. Ransomware has had a BIG year - costing US small businesses upwards of $75 billion in downtime.  YIKES!
  3. CNN reports that cyber-criminals collected $209 million in the first three months of 2016 by extorting businesses
  4. Leading causes of ransomware infections include triggers pulled by office workers in phishing emails and lack of employee cybersecurity training. A survey of more than 1000 office workers in the US reveals that more than 60% are unaware of ransomware and the threat it poses to businesses.  Hard to believe!
  5. 28% of them said that security education is rare or only provided after something has gone wrong and it’s too late. 

The threat is REAL.  Employee education is a great place to start.  But, don’t stop there.  Is your data protected under your current backup and disaster recovery plan?  The above is only a small snapshot of ransomware causes and statistics, but maybe it has you rethinking the way you’re currently protecting data

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