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Scary Ransomware Statistics

Did you know that 93% of phishing e-mails are now ransomware and that a business gets hit with ransomware every 40 seconds? These are scary cyber stats for any business owner!

Phishing emails are getting more sophisticated and more difficult to spot in the maelstrom of emails received each day. The emails appear to come from legitimate enterprises and often use familiar branding to trick users into responding with passwords or bank details or clicking on a link. Most viruses are activated when an email attachment like a file or document is opened or someone clicks on a link contained in the email message.

For businesses this presents a real challenge. Busy employees can easily click on a phishing email or an attachment in good faith or by accident and can subject the organisation to untold grief. A cyber attacker aims to compromise an organisation’s systems. It does this by obtaining usernames and passwords so that it can access your systems and cause mayhem by stealing data or financial information.

Taking preventative measures can help organisations to minimise the chances of being the victim of a ransomware attack. These include:

– Training your staff to be aware of suspicious emails and links

– Letting your team know who to contact if they receive a suspicious email

– Backing up your data regularly

– Storing your data offsite, unconnected to the main network and probably on the cloud

– Use anti-malware software and make sure you always run the most up-to-date version

Preventing a ransomware attack can save a business not only huge sums of money and the investment in time to sort it out, but sometimes the shame of losing customer confidence as shown with recent news headlines about banks, retailers and the NHS.

STL offers customers a complimentary Cyber Security Audit and works with them to ensure they have the latest prevention measures in place. To find out more, contact one of our cyber security experts on 01993 777120 or email sales@stlcomms.com

To find out more about the different types of cyber threats that your business could face, read our Types Of Cyber Threats blog post.

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