The failings of the NHS with its vast array of inter-connected systems, some dating back over 30 years to prevent a ransomware attack should act as a warning to all. This time it was a ransomware virus the next time it could be patient data that is compromised?
The average cyber-criminal is not particular about who they attack, so long as the attack makes the headlines.
The supply chain is a prime target, so SMEs whose livelihood is derived from supplying household names are a prime target. If you communicate with your customers electronically you could be used to infiltrate and infect your customer’s systems just as if the virus had been delivered directly.
The Government views cyber-crime as being on a par with terrorism. In other words, it is a ‘Tier 1’ threat.
Cybercrime is a challenge for smaller organisations without big IT budgets, but all is not lost. With care, owners can protect their businesses.
The West Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit has recorded that 80% of cybercrime is easily preventable if organisations adopt some basic security measures.
There is plenty of advice available online, such as on Government sponsored sites, but the most important factor is being honest with yourself about your approach to cyber-security.
Do not think because you have anti-virus software and email filtering solutions in place you are protected. The exact solution to cyber security covers a range of areas including patch management, anti-virus software, gateway security, user education, company policies and procedures.
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