Reduce your Risk & Impact from Ransom Ware

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.

  1. Configure Automatic Patching on your operating systems.

  2. Move as many of your services, like email, to cloud providers.

  3. Contract with a backup as a service provider like Servosity.

  4. 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.)

  5. Don’t pay.

 Take a short Self-Assessment to see how well you line up with those points.

Adam Anderson

Adam Anderson is the author of Built to Survive: A Business Person's Guide on How to Recover and Thrive After a Cyber Attack. Adam’s 15 years of entrepreneurial startup experience and his knowledge Enterprise Cyber Defense gives him a window into what’s wrong with communication between large and small companies. He combined this knowledge and the good works from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cyber Security Framework to co-author the book “Small Business Cyber Security”. This book was later turned into an online class by Clemson University. Adam has been active in peer advisory boards for small business CEOs. He took this experience and co-founded a peer advisory board for Chief Security Officers of fortune 500 companies. This mix of small and large businesses has positioned Adam as one of the few people in the world to understand the complete supply chain of cyber security.
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