It doesn’t matter who you are or what type of business you own, nobody is immune to a cybersecurity breach. Thursday, March 22nd, the City of Atlanta discovered this for themselves when they experienced a ransomware attack that has been wreaking havoc on the city. Some departments remained unaffected, while others have yet to receive the green light to turn their computers back on. Though not giving out specifics on the cyber-attack, it is known that a $50,000 ransom is being requested from the city.


What is Ransomware?


Ransomware is when your computer or files are essentially being held hostage by a hacker. In order to regain access to the files or computer, the hacker will request a ransom to be paid. This is how hackers make their money. It is highly recommended that if your home or business is the victim of a ransomware attack, you contact the authorities and do not pay the ransom, as there is no guarantee that you will regain access to your system.

To learn more about ransomware and why you should include it in your Business Continuity Plan (BCP), read Preparis’ blog, ”A New Era of Business Continuity: The Rise of Ransomware.”


Human Error is the Root of Most Cyber-Attacks


For businesses in any industry, a cyber-attack can cost the company time, money and expose the personal data of employees and clients, which is why it is crucial to be familiar with how to prevent a cyber-attack. Since 90% of all cybersecurity breaches occur due to human error, the best way to prevent a cyber-attack is to educate your employees on basic security practices.

Here are a few helpful ways to protect sensitive data at your business and prevent cybersecurity breaches:

  • Make sure that your business maintains a secure and protected network that includes firewalls and monitoring devices.
  • Keep current on all anti-malware programs and software updates.
  • Be cautious of what you click on. Hackers disguise spam as emails, attachments, website specials and promotions. With just one click you could be automatically downloading malware to your device that can result in a massive security breach.
  • When answering an email, phone call or text message from an unknown or suspicious source, do not provide any personal information.
  • Familiarize yourself and your employees on what a suspicious email looks like. Misspelled words and bad grammar are good indications that an email might not be legit.
  • Train your employees on cybersecurity prevention with Preparis’ wide array of cybersecurity trainings.

For additional information on ransomware, check out Preparis’ webinar, “Ransomware 101: What it is & How to Stay Protected.”