Businesses in Bunbury and the South West are losing significant amounts of money after falling victim to Ransomware.
Ransomware prevents you from using your files or computer, and then extorts money from you in exchange for a promise to unlock them.
Total Network Engineering (TNE) Managing Director Paul van Peperstraten urged businesses to put the correct equipment and procedures in place to avoid IT threats.
“People underestimate the security they need,” Paul said.
“Almost every day there are new threats. Businesses in the South West are getting hit by Ransomware and losing significant amounts of money, both in ransom payouts and in lost business. People think it’s not going to happen to them, but it will – we see it every week.
“It’s a problem you can’t measure. You only feel the impact the moment it hits you,” Paul said.
He recommended that businesses, in addition to having appropriate IT security systems, put internal procedures in place for their employees to raise awareness of IT threats and avoid triggering them.
“Everybody needs to think before they click, especially on an email link,” he said. “You need to educate people in your company about how to recognise risks in emails. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Bad grammar and spelling, unprofessional formats or email addresses that are just not quite right – these are all warning signs.
“Many threats masquerade as being from a reputable company. When it comes to your emails, be suspicious!”
To ensure you are better protected:
Back up your files to an external drive, and don’t leave it connected to your computer.
Apply windows and other software updates regularly.
Avoid clicking untrusted email links, or opening unsolicited email attachments.
Install a firewall.
These are just a couple of the measures you can take to improve your IT security. If you’re unsure about your current IT security, or would like more in depth information, call TNE on 9791 5535.
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