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Andrew Lomas
By Andrew Lomas on 27/06/2016 2:33:03 PM

Ransomware Protection For Your Small Business

Ransomware is relentless, and attacks that can devastate your business are on the rise

As technology and Internet-ready devices continue to become central to our everyday lives, hackers are finding more channels and new ways to gain access to the personal information of unsuspecting targets. From individuals to huge corporations, no one is safe from cyber crime.

Over 18 million dollars paid to ransomware thieves between April 2014 and June 2015.
More than 6 million detected ransomware attack attempts in Q4 2015. 50% of all malware are now ransomware attacks.

Industry experts agree that a staggering 93% of phishing emails now contain encryption ransomware. Many are opened by end users who don’t understand they are the targets of carefully crafted social engineering.

In November 2014, Sony Entertainment’s business came to a halt after becoming the victim of a massive ransomware attack.The hacker group which identified itself by the name "Guardians of Peace" (GOP) leaked a release of confidential data from the film studio. The data included personal information about Sony Pictures employees and their families, e-mails between employees, information about executive salaries at the company, copies of then-unreleased Sony films, and other information unless they ceased the release of the movie The Interview.

Ransomware is a growing cybercrime trend in which hackers essentially restricts access to the infected computer system in some way and demands a ransom be paid. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the growing threat of ransomware and how their everyday online behaviour can be making them susceptible to it.

It’s important to ensure you’re protected so you can avoid the business disruption and damage to your reputation that comes from a ransomware attack, and the direct impact to your bottom line. Ensuring the best protection when you have time, budget and other resource constraints, can feel like an insurmountable challenge. It’s also difficult to understand how and where ransomware, a rapidly evolving threat, is most likely to attack. At Creative Folks our team are specialised in helping you MINIMIZE THE RISK this happening to your business so you can get on with day with peace of mind that you are protected.

Topics: News, Trend Micro, Creative Folks, cybercrime, Ransomware

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