Cyber security is increasingly becoming a concern for businesses, particularly with the recent attacks on Sony and Target. Large corporations like these have a massive budget to deal with these type of attacks, but small to medium sized businesses might lack the resources to protect themselves. Losing data is a nightmare for anyone, but especially for a small business, who might not have the resources to consult a professional data recovery specialist.
One major threat at the moment is ransomware. The way this works is by encrypting files on your machine, then selling you software – often useless – to get your data back. This is why it’s important to backup frequently – it might take a day or two to completely wipe and restore your business’ data, but this might be cheaper than paying out for the software that might not even work anywhere. A cheaper option might even be to approach a data recovery company for a quote on how much it will cost to get your data back.
One option is to switch to the cloud – which can be scary for some businesses, as it involves handling the control of your data to a third party like Microsoft or Amazon. Microsoft Azure and Amazon S3 are both powerful, fast services and have a 99% guarantee that your data will be safe and secure. In addition to this, they both have multiple servers storing data all over the country in case of fire or natural disaster.
Perhaps most importantly, educate your employees about the dangers of cyber attacks. Don’t open suspicious emails with dubious attachments, and hold regular meetings to keep them up to speed. Above all, though, make sure you have the latest anti-virus and malware software installed on all of your machines.