Ransomware attacks are still common and costly for small and midsized businesses. Discover how cybercriminals usually deliver these attacks and how to defend against them.
Ransomware continues to pose a significant threat to small and midsized businesses, according to a Datto survey of 2,400 managed service providers (MSPs). More than half of the MSPs reported that a least one of their clients experienced a ransomware attack in the first half of 2018. Although the average ransom was only $4,300, the attacks cost the businesses an average of $46,800 due to the downtime they caused.
How the Attacks Were Delivered
The Datto study explored how the ransomware was delivered to the small and midsized businesses. It found that the top three delivery methods were:
Because all three delivery methods depend on someone performing an action (e.g., clicking a link), it is important for small and midsized businesses to teach employees about the hidden dangers associated with seemingly innocuous actions.
Key Elements to Cover When Educating Employees about Ransomware
While each company will want to customize its ransomware training program to meet the its unique needs, it is a good idea to cover the basics:
Other Measures to Take
Businesses need take other measures as well, such as regularly updating their computers’ software so known vulnerabilities are patched. Equally important, they need to make sure they have restorable backups of their data in case a ransomware attack occurs.
We can make sure that your business has covered all the bases so that it will be protected from ransomware and other types of cyberattacks.