Your Organization’s Biggest Liability; Your Employes
There are many things in the world that can put your business or organization at risk. The number of risks will only continue to grow as technology advances and moves on from where we are today—especially when certain technology isn’t well understood or respected. One of the worst offenders of this is ransomware, and how your employees may be unwittingly putting themselves and your business at risk of it.
Ransomware is a malicious criminal software that does three things. First, it finds a way to gain access to your personal files and business documents. They can do this in a variety of ways, but the most common cause is employees accessing a resource on a company asset that they shouldn’t have access to. This could be as simple as opening company files using a Google email or a free email service—which has no filtering. If an employee opens an email attachment unsafely on a company asset, then the malware in that attachment has free immediate access. Once the ransomware has access, it browses through your data and encrypts either parts of it or all of it at once, blocking you out of your own digital property. Once that step is completed, there’s a whole host of things that could happen, but Ransomware is generally meant to take your data (and therefore your company), hostage until you pay the hacker some ridiculous sum of money. That sum of money, on top of the potentially lethal blow to your reputation, can absolutely destroy your business or organization.
Does that information make you a little nervous? Good, it should. It means you’re listening. Now let me tell you what you can do to prevent this tragedy.
The primary cause of these data breaches and ransomware attacks is a fundamental lack of understanding from the user, especially when that user is accessing websites or services from their work computers that they shouldn’t. An example of that lack of understanding could be that some people wouldn’t realize an EFC file is an executable and not a voicemail file, but clicked on it because it said “voicemail” or something similar. That lack of understanding can dangerously combine with carelessness in the workplace when employees aren’t aware of the risks.
So that’s one place where you can stop the problem: your employees. Make sure they are aware of the risks and rules for the use of company computers, and regularly check in on these things. Anything from regular meetings about cybersecurity to strict administrator permissions can accomplish this. The other thing you can do is work with your IT professional or outsourced IT resources to keep your systems patched and up-to-date, and keep your antivirus software robust.
You should be proactive with your cybersecurity. To do otherwise means risking everything you’ve worked so hard to build. Find an IT resource that can help you keep your data under lock and key, help you familiarize yourself with web filtering technology/firewalls, and help you regularly back up your data in case something goes horribly wrong. A good IT resource will provide you with strong Managed Services offerings that should include all of the above, plus endpoint detection and response software that can detect and kill ransomware attacks before they can do major damage.
Talk to your IT resource today to make sure you’ll stay safe and secure!