The use of ransomware by hackers is on the rise – and the attacks are getting harder and harder to prevent.
It’s not just the corporate giants who are being targeted; today, small and large companies, doctor's offices and hospitals, and more can have their entire systems locked and held hostage by ransomware hackers.
Hackers know how valuable documents are to each business, so they ask for an amount the business can pay without going out of business. Because of the encryption used in such attacks, it can be practically impossible to reverse-engineer the encryption or “crack” the files.
The biggest issue is that companies pay to get access to their files. Some companies, frankly, have no choice in the matter. If your business has no backups in place, it is incredibly difficult – if not impossible – to get that data back otherwise.
Estimates show that ransomware became a BILLION dollar industry in 2016. This is not taking into account the businesses that paid without reporting the crime. With these kinds of profits, it is unlikely that these hackers will stop anytime soon.
Paying the ransom isn’t the only way to keep your data. The best strategy is to minimize your vulnerability to an attack in the first place and to have a plan in place in case your business does get attacked.
With more than 18 years of experience, Swift brings reliability, knowledge, and skill to your company. Your partner in IT, Swift has a full team of Tier-II and above professionals ready to give clients access to the highest level of services and support available in Maryland. We offer managed IT services at a fixed monthly cost, providing you with everything from traditional IT support to ransomware protection.
Swift keeps your systems up and running efficiently while maintaining the defenses necessary to protect you from ransomware. Contact Swift to see how we can protect you from a ransomware attack.
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