Let me throw you a hypothetical: You’re the owner of a small business with about 50 full-time users, all working on-site in the office as most people would. Each employee has their own device provided by the company that are all connected through the organizations network. You have some basic security as was recommended when you first set up all of your devices, but beyond that you don’t really concern yourself with what’s going on with the backend of things. Nonetheless, it might not be perfect, but it works, and hasn’t failed yet.
The weekend’s approaching, it’s the start of the work day on Friday at 9:00am and Richard, the nice, older-man who keeps to himself but always gets his work done sits at his desk - much like he’s done every day the past 40 years – and is greeted by a an email seemingly from the FTC detailing a dispute filed against his company and a document he must download that contains all relevant information. Richard, our dear-old account, proceeds to download said document, which unbeknownst to him was actually a widely-circulated ransomware email that he has just put his organization at risk for. The following day, more than $100,000 is wirelessly transferred to an offshore bank account and never to be seen again.
For a small business with only around 50 users, $100,000 can have detrimental effects on wellbeing. Nearly 60% of small companies that suffer a cyber-attack are out of business by the next year according to the government’s Small Business Association. What’s even more frustrating is how easily avoidable these problems that thousands of small businesses face every year is how easily avoidable they are. Having the proper #NetworkSecurity, a #Secure & #Tested #Backup, and adequate #RansomwareProtection training can deter even the most inexperienced of users from putting their organization at risk. Thus, we can’t necessarily blame Richard from accounting if he was never required to undergo the proper training to begin with, so who does the responsibility fall on?
More times than not, the business owner. You’re the one who has to face the ransomware costs, employee repercussions, getting your business back up to working order, and planning to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.
Don’t wait for a Richard to be the catalyst for your organizations #InformationTechnology #Protection. Receive a free quote from a #ManagedServiceProvider (MSP) now so you’re not stuck picking up all the pieces after something goes awry.