There is a lot of news out there these days talking about Ransom Ware. #Wannacry hit over 100 countries and countless computers. But when you look at who got hit and how it happened, the story isn’t that bad for US based small businesses.
The reason for this is that ransom ware and malware tend to use existing vulnerabilities to get at you rather than create something new. Makes sense doesn’t it? Why recreate the wheel? You wouldn’t create a brand new marketing channel to sell your product if your existing marketing is producing more leads than you can handle would you?
The key to this is that companies like Apple and Microsoft do a great job plugging these old holes through patches. They give us everything we need to be mostly safe while we do businesses. But they can’t force us to patch. They can lead the horse (Business owners) to water but can’t make us drink (Patch).
Here is what you need to do to drastically reduce the risk and impact of ransom ware.
Configure Automatic Patching on your operating systems.
Move as many of your services, like email, to cloud providers.
Contract with a backup as a service provider like Servosity.
Get a cyber security insurance policy that comes with both money AND a tiger team. (That’s a cool name for a group of experts who will help you recover when something goes wrong.)
Take a short Self-Assessment to see how well you line up with those points.