Disaster is only a mouse-click away.
That’s an inescapable reality in the age of Internet-connected digital business. Unprincipled and criminally smart hackers are continually creating viruses that can do everything from cripple or take over computer systems to steal sensitive data, credit card information and extort cash. This spring, more companies than ever have suffered an onslaught of malware attacks and ransomware attacks. These menacing viruses have shown no industry discrimination in whom they have targeted but are instead focused on the small and medium companies that are often out of the limelight and are usually not targets of hackers. The attacks occurred amid warnings from government cyber security officials in the U.S. and U.K. that Russia-backed hackers have their sights set on western businesses and individuals, though whether or not the Kremlin has been behind the malware offensive on the small and medium sized firms is unknown.
In the wake of the attacks, which in some instances temporarily paralyzed companies’ networks, Patrick Dunn, President of Cushnoc Resiliency has created a list of best practices that businesses can use as bulwarks against cyber incursions. Here’s what Dunn recommends:
Of course, cyber security isn’t just the responsibility of the IT team. Every employee has a part to play. Companies should guide employee behavior with the below strategies to minimize the chance of an attack threat being successful.
Patrick Dunn is a 20-year veteran in the fields of Information/Cyber Security and Business Resiliency and helped hundreds of companies throughout North America by developing plans for “What-If” events such as malware and ransomware attacks and other events such as terrorism and natural disasters. Patrick is the President and Co-Founder of Cushnoc Resiliency Advisors, based in Augusta, Maine and has clients throughout North America.