Don’t underestimate the power of ransomware

No business is too big or too small to avoid the inevitable position of being attacked by some kind of ransomware, much of which hasn’t even been detected yet. It really is a case of not if, but when.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the media surrounding the big ransomware attacks, take the WannaCry attack in 2017 which infected over 200 thousand computers across more than 150 countries. The whole world watched as one by one, more organisations came forward to say they had been impacted by this mass infection. Just because the large multi-national attacks get media coverage, doesn’t meant that it isn’t happening to businesses across the world every day. Unfortunately, because the attacks are sporadic and go undetected until it’s too late, they don’t make it into the news as often. There are also a high number of companies who don’t want to admit in the public arena that they have been attacked, leading to this not always being accounted for.

The challenge is that a high percentage of today’s ransomware threats are designed to weaponise non-signature based or zero-day live threats. This means that these threats are unknown by ‘traditional’ branded security products and are designed to go undetected once on the system, allowing them to breach defences.

It’s not just about education around ransomware, it’s making sure you know the impacts across the whole of the business. If a ransomware attack was to take place, do you know

  • How much downtime would cost your business?
  • What your Disaster Recovery plan is? And, is it effective?
  • Do you have a Return to Operations objective in place?

Now, that might seem like something for the DHL’s or the Apple’s of the world, but it’s important for every single business – big or small – to know what the impact could be and what the steps are to recover from an inevitable ransomware attack.

If you’re unsure of where to start or you think your business has some elements in place but not all, the Bamboo team are made up of a whole host of clever individuals who can help you with everything from calculating your downtime to implementing an effective Disaster Recovery plan. We also work with specialised partners who support us with Disaster Recovery, threat intelligence and business resilience and in turn can provide you with the expertise you need.

Take back control of your business and find out what processes you can put in place. Talk to the team today to make sure your business isn’t underestimating the power of ransomware.

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