A Florida city agreed to pay hackers $600,000 after a malware attack froze their computer systems. Hackers encrypted city records, disabled email systems, and caused problems with digital payroll and 911 systems. While the FBI doesn’t support paying the ransom to hackers, many businesses do in order to get their information back.
Hackers often attack common and known vulnerabilities in computer systems and one of the easiest ways into your network is through an employee. All it takes is a single click on an email for the hacker to gain entrance into your system. They may lay dormant for months, tracking your business, only to attack at your busiest time.
We know that security is the top IT priority for most businesses. But when reality sets in, it’s often an afterthought. Can you afford to wait? The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance found that 60 percent of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber attack. Not surprising since the average cost of a malware attack is $2.4 million.
Finding the right secure networking solution is your path to confidence. DES offers a free cyber threat assessment that helps you better understand your security risks, productivity, utilization, and performance. The report focuses on:
- which application vulnerabilities are being used to attack your network
- which malware/botnets were detected
- what phishing attacks are making it through your defenses
- which devices are “at risk” for security breach probability
- which peer-to-peer, social media, instant messaging, and other apps are running for application visibility control
- what spam, newsletters or adult content may be bothering your email
- what is your throughput, session, and bandwidth usage requirements during peak hours