Despite what we want to believe cyber attacks affect all businesses from the large Fortune 500 to the local mom and pop store in your neighborhood. The reality is that almost every business in some way utilizes a computer and the internet to help with running part of their business and this makes them a potential target. A cyber attack is no longer a question of if it will happen to us but a matter of when and with that comes the follow up question of are we prepared for it? Luckily for you we have some simple steps every organization should adhere by to secure up their network. 
  1. Secure the perimeter to minimize risk
    • Patch and keep operating systems up to date
    • Disable macro scripts from office files transmitted over email
    • Limit access to critical data sets to only needed personnel
  2. Back up all files and systems
    • Backup servers and endpoints
    • Implement data protection tools that minimize recovery points
  3. Roll back to the most current data using sync
    • Combine enterprise-grade data protection tools with file sync technology
    • Use very granular file sync and backup procedures to minimize your recovery points to as little as five minutes
  4. Train employees on security measures
    • Train employees their role in protecting the organisation’s data
    • Make sure they understand the importance of a strong secure password
    • Stress the importance of only clicking on links and visiting trusted websites
  5. Be aware of the threats others are facing
    • Be sure to reach out to your network to see what attacks they may have faced.
    • Read up on the latest attacks are facing
Understanding that there are measures any organization can take to make sure they do not have to pay the ransom or even worse lose their vital information is only half the battle. Making sure these few steps are in place and being followed is the other half. Do not become the next headline or case study organization use as a what not to do, make sure your network, systems and employees are all up to date with the best practices.