2020 has seen a massive rise in the amount of ransomware attacks on local businesses.

Hackers are raking in millions of pounds from local businesses. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-54834339

Ransomware attacks are devious in their simplicity. A user in the targeted business is tricked into opening a file, usually through a phishing email or download. The file contains malware which instantly encrypts your data and demands money in exchange for the password.

No payment = No password = No data.

Every small and medium business should have backups that are tested, trusted and working.

For some companies, the backups are in place, they are tested regularly and they are ready to use in the case of an attack.

But, when a backup solution isn’t being tested regularly, then no one knows if it’s working or not. The restore fails and the data can’t be retrieved. This is particularly true in cases where the solution has been in use for years and something failed along the way.

In other instances, the target business has a backup that can be restored, but it doesn’t include everything they need for a full recovery.

The most common reason so many businesses are forced to pay the ransom:  the ransomware attack affects the entire system – including attached and synchronized backups. If the backup is also caught in the ransomware encryption, it becomes useless as a recovery method and the only options are to pay or lose the data forever.

Every hour spent trying to recover the data is a drain on valuable business resources and in the majority of cases, results in massive revenue loss.  In fact, around 60% of small businesses that get hit by a ransomware attack, end up closing their doors in less than 6 months.

The only true defense is to block the malware before it can infect the first workstation, and then continue the protection with a comprehensive backup strategy for all PCs and Laptops.

It’s no longer a matter of “If” your business gets hit by Ransomware, it’s a matter of “When”.

Keep in mind that 60% of small businesses end up closing their doors within 6 months of being attacked.

At Carson IT we design and maintain robust Backup Solutions for small businesses throughout Northern Ireland.

Each backup is thoroughly tested on a regular basis, making sure that it is ready to be restored when necessary.

Give us a call to discuss how we can help secure your business against ransomware today.