The cyber-attacks that have taken down a gas pipeline, a major meat processor, and some municipalities could have some local businesses wondering what they can do to protect themselves. The White House warned small businesses last Thursday to take the proper security precautions against ransomware and other cybercrimes. Purplesec, a Washington D.C.-based cybersecurity firm, estimates the cost of ransomware attacks in 2020 was approximately $20 billion. Many computers have some kind of virus protection built-in, but it is worth the investment to overprotect.
Drager added that in many cases, cyber-attacks could be mitigated with a good set of back-ups.
He recommends having your back-ups saved in a couple of different places just in case one gets lost or encrypted as well. You can listen to our full conversation about cybersecurity with the team at Quantum PC on our podcast page.