October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

You may have heard, ransomware attacks on school districts, hospitals, and government organizations. Over 20 U.S. cities targeted by ransomware attacks between January and July 2019. The cost to the city of Baltimore was more than $18 million! Between lost city revenue and repairs to the city’s computer network. Ransomware attacks on cities, schools, and hospitals are serious. 71 percent of ransomware attacks target small and medium businesses. According to Beazley Breach Response Services. In 2018, cybercriminals demanded an average of more than $116,000 from over 3,300 businesses. Security breaches they directly tracked. Cybersecurity firm Coveware reported the average ransomware demand for individuals and small businesses grew from $6,733 at the end of 2018 to over $12,760 in the first quarter of 2019. How does ransomware work? In the past, ransomware usually came in the form of unsophisticated “spam” emails. Hackers sent out hundreds of thousands of emails. Hoping to trick people in revealing their passwords and other secure information. Once installed on a computer, ransomware encrypts data and stops access to programs. The program then demands a “ransom” in the form of cryptocurrency to restore the data and access. Ransomware attacks are getting more sophisticated. A 2018 ransomware program, Ryuk, developed by a North Korean group of hackers. Ryuk aimed at large businesses that can’t afford any downtime. The program maps the networks of the target businesses and steals credentials. In order to install the program and encryption. One business targeted by Ryuk paid over $360,000 in bitcoin to retrieve its data. Ransomware is getting better at getting around anti-virus programs and computer firewalls. Hackers are using known applications that users think are safe to get around security. Expert estimates that ransomware could cost businesses as much as $11 billion in 2020.

What can we do to combat ransomware?

  • First, make sure the operating systems for your network and connected devices are up to date. The 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack targeted computers running Windows 7. WannaCry developed from U.S. National Security Agency tools that leaked online. According to TechCrunch, up to a million computers are still vulnerable to WannaCry. Because they are running Windows 7 or earlier Windows versions. Microsoft also ends its support for Windows 7 in January 2020. Ransomware and other types of hacking attacks often target older operating systems. Because they are no longer receiving regular security updates and patches. Underdog Computer and Network Support LLC keeps businesses up to date and ahead of the curve!
  • Second, make sure your security software is also up to date. Check it at least once a month. With Underdog Serenity Care Solutions, our Security Software is always up to date. Ready to handle Zero-day malware
  • Third, make sure you and your employees know how to recognize potential security threats. Practice good computer habits that prevent intrusions. For example, do not click on any links or images that come from an unknown source no matter what! Underdog Computer and Network Support not only keeps you safe but teaches you how to be safe!
  • Finally, make sure you have a good offsite backup. Businesses that have overcome ransomware attacks have strong and redundant backups! You may lose time, but you won’t lose all your business data. If you’re in a field that keeps confidential client or customer information. It’s essential for your business to have secure, safe backups of data in the cloud and/or separate physical data storage. Underdog Computer and Network Support provides encrypted offsite “cloud” backup solutions. As well as Backup/Disaster Recovery Solutions. We understand the myriad of compliance needs your industry must adhere to!
Underdog Computer and Network Support LLC keep track of ransomware threats and understanding the tricks hackers can use to take control of your computers and demand a ransom. We can help your business to prevent a ransomware attack and protect your business data and programs in the event an attack occurs. Malicious hackers have been causing damage to computers for years. But ransomware is the first major way they’ve discovered to earn a lot of money from their criminal activities. Don’t let ransomware interfere with your business operations, profits, and growth. Take our recommended steps to fight back and win against ransomware criminals.

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