“Successful” Ransomware Attacks are totally UNNECESSARY. Come on people!

by Wally Moore

on May 18, 2017

in blog, Ransomware attacks

This stuff drives me nuts and I do not apologize for the following post.

This post may come across as harsh to some. But sometimes the world is a cold, calculating place and we all need a harsh dose of reality to get on track.

Do not fall prey to crooks who are attacking your computers. Do not do it. Why? Because you do not have to. Crooks (that is what they are) using the WannaCry Ransomware locked up some data, right? They won’t let you have your data back unless or until you pay them money, right?

Good data backup

However, what if you had an exact copy of all of your data tucked safely away from the crooks? When you have data that is backed up, you will not need to pay a ransom to get your data back now, would you? You could just access your data from your backup, right? Easy peasy.

Easy peasy fix

In light of this global attack known as the WannaCry ransomware attack, here at DTS InfoTech, once again, for the umpteenth time we are shaking our heads in disbelief that companies are still being victimized by this because it’s such an easy thing to prevent in the first place. Easy? Yes! Easy.

Here is how you can protect this from happening to your company

Don’t bury your head in the sand – As a Managed Service Provider (MSP) with about one hundred clients in our stable of companies we take care of, we have conversations all the time with our customers about the importance of backing up their data in a safe place. If you are the type of person who thinks, “A ransomware attack will never happen to us” the only thing I can tell you is this, “Don’t bury your head in the sand!” You need to get your head out of that dark place and respond appropriately to protect your data and thereby protect yourself. If you do not, you have no one to blame but yourself. If you do not protect your data, it won’t be anybody’s fault but your own. You will not be able to blame it on crooks, or the federal government, Donald Trump, or your IT guy. It will be your fault, period. End of story.

Maintain your computers – This means keep them up to date with the latest software updates that are available. In this WannaCry attack, it was widely successful when attacking computers that were NOT kept up to date. Here at DTS InfoTech we updated all of the systems we maintain last March. None of our clients has been impacted by the WannaCry attack. Not one.

Let me reiterate: in the five days since the WannaCrypt attack NOT A SINGLE ONE of our clients lost a single file!

Back up your data locally and to the cloud – If companies have data backed up that is kept in a secure location, even if your systems become infected, you can easily access your data off good backups. This means you pay nothing, zero, and nada to the attackers to get your data back because you already have your data; just go get it.

DTS InfoTech Can Help
We’re really good at this data backup thing. We are and I have never said that in a public post, but seriously, we are. On the other hand, most small businesses do not have the technical resources to understand all this geek stuff. If this describes you, we can help. First, you will have to take your head out of the sand. Just saying.

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Dedicated to your success,
Wally Moore
General Manager and Compliance Officer
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