Cyber attacks are on the increase

2 May 2016 eaqmt Comments Off on Cyber attacks are on the increase ABRS, BEF, British Horse Society, Equestrian, Livery yards, Riding centres blog, Social media, Website design

PC security is something we all know about but don’t really consider as not many people  have been hard hit by the dark web bandits that send out their evil software to do real damage, but a recent attack on one of our riding centres has changed that forever.

A ransomware attack on a riding centre saw their entire pc network destroyed in a matter of minutes with all files and data lost forever.   The attack was initiated by a downloaded file and from thereon in the virus took hold encrypting all files across the network and all attached devices including USB sticks.

This is no longer small change as many of us hold a huge amount of information on our pcs and more often than not it is not backed up, secured and properly protected, so what do you need to do to keep yourself safe.

So what is the answer?

It is now imperative that you use I.T to run a business and with that you can no longer bury your head and shy away from your responsibilities.  You need to learn the basics and be aware of the world around you.

  • Have a modern I.T network with the latest software to maintain a higher level of risk awareness.
  • Have an on call I.T professional to assist in setup, maintenance and problem solving.
  • Training for staff in house to reduce risk.
  • Documented practices that are assessed annually.
  • Total control over who does what.

There are not guarantees

Even the most tech. savvy can fall foul of these cyber cowards so we need to factor this in to our daily business working.   If you are unsure about anything then please feel free to get in touch.

We have produced an assessment service that can be implemented remotely and the results can be managed by you.

 

 

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