Afraid of ransomware? You should be.
It’s where a criminal gets access to your data, and then encrypts it. So the data is still there, but you cannot read it or use it.
And you must pay a large ransom fee, typically in Bitcoin, to get it back. It can devastate and even bankrupt a business. And all thanks to one click on one bad link.
Here are three scary stats that show how bad ransomware has become.
Scary stat one: 1 in 3,000 emails that get through filters contain malware. Think about how many emails you receive in a day. How long will it take for a dangerous email to reach your inbox?
Scary stat two: This year, a ransomware attack on a business is carried out every 11 seconds. And of the businesses hit, 26% pay up. Worse, many of them still don’t get their data back.
Scary stat three: If you’re hit with ransomware, it leads to an average of 19 days’ downtime. Let’s not think about the cost of cleaning your network and retrieving data. Or the damage to your reputation. Or loss of client confidence.
It’s vital that you take this threat to your business seriously. Thanks to the pandemic, ransomware is on the rise, and if your business is unprepared, sooner or later you will lose data to an attack.
- You have the latest versions of security software and all updates installed
- Your backup is working every day
- Your people have been trained about the risks