There has been much discussion over the past few days about cyber security threats – and there seems to be a general misconception that only government offices and big corporates are affected. Sadly, that’s not the case. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are affected.
The global cost of cyber crime surpassed drugs trading several years ago. Criminals are targeting everyone by infecting devices with Trojans, spyware and ransomware. With the large amounts of data increasingly held on tablets, phones, PCs, laptops and all manner of devices, the situation will only escalate.
Last week Ciaran Martin from the National Cyber Security Centre was again reminding everyone to keep their devices up to date as far as patches and upgrades are concerned, as well as backing up your data as a basic commonsense line of defence.
Coincidentally, one of our customers contacted us within hours of this broadcast because they had been infected with ransomware and wanted our help in getting their records back. We do backup lots of their data but they had made an internal decision to continue with a manual backup of one particular data set that was large and crucial to their business. Human beings are the most unreliable part of a data backup routine so inevitably they hadn’t done a manual backup for several weeks. So whilst we have helped them to restore most of their data, there’s a large gap that we can’t assist with.
No matter what device you use – no matter what size of business you run – do keep your systems up to date and ensure you use a reliable backup system every day.
As standard, we keep your data for 7 days after you delete it or change it – so if your business is subject to a ransomware attack and you let us know immediately then we will be able to help you get back uncorrupted data. We can keep data for much longer if required, just in case you have other issues that you don’t notice within 7 days.