SMEs of the World: Let’s Overcome Cyberthreats!
Cyberthreats are everywhere. We know it and you must know it since you’re reading this. But there are still many companies who believe they are not under threat.
Very often, SMEs (small and medium enterprises) with between 1 and 50 employees cannot imagine a hacker taking an interest in their business activities. But they’re wrong.
Our main job is to ensure they have the same level of protection as other businesses and inform staff of the risks they take and help them restart their activity in the event of an incident. Because disasters -natural, technical or logical- do happen.
Cyberattacks do not only take aim at big companies who often already have proper protection and disaster recovery plans in place.
Cyberthreats are inventive. They always seem to find a breach: a careless employee, a non-updated operating system, or a GDPR compliance default (for example: Ransomhack, a GDPR based blackmail designed to extort money)… Threats are real and they target every type of business.
Cyber incidents in companies nearly doubled from 82,000 in 2016 to 159,700 in 2017, driven by ransomware and new methods. Yet 93% of all breaches in 2017 could have been avoided with basic cyber hygiene practices* (regular updates, recognizing fake emails and phishing attacks…).
The number one action to protect a firm from cyberattacks: educate and train.
Cyberthreats can be fatal to a business but they need not be a fatality. Most of the articles about new ransomware or other types of viruses only mention the disasters they create. We approach the question from another angle: PREVENTION!
We all agree that without a fully functioning IT system today, a company is soon brought to its knees. So how do we get back on our feet and how do we defuse the threats?
If the first step is education, the second one is certainly to deploy a strong and effective Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP). Solid processes which are fully tested and ready to roll must ensure the full recovery of all lost data typically within a few hours or days. After these two basic measures, there are other options to facilitate data recovery and business continuity.
Wooxo solutions are always innovating and seeking out new methods to help firms in these trying times.
How about this printing company in Normandy, France, which had a ransomware attack just before Christmas? The IT Manager recounts:
Fortunately, this printing company had installed Wooxo a couple of years before on a colleague’s advice. All its data was automatically backed up and available on a local, secure box.
In a few hours, all equipment was up and running with files once again fully accessible. And this time at least, the hacker received nothing.
The OneKey Restore solution was especially designed for this kind of issue. A USB device which allows you to independently and locally launch the recovery of a whole computer system in less than one minute.
This solution is also very helpful for remote sites, with low internet speed but needing rapid data recovery. Here is an example of BME, a French construction company:
These issues are daily events at Wooxo. This summer we recorded the highest ever number of restorations in Wooxo’s history. Companies need to secure their data and recover from anything, anytime… and anywhere.
That’s why our new version of YooBackup – launching on October 15th, will include a feature enabling an immediate machine restart without having to wait for the full restoration.
This will be the subject of a future article, so stay tuned and in the meantime, stay safe and look out for each other!
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