WannaCry ransomware’s real victim: Your local corner store
Six out of 10 small businesses shut down after cyberattacks. Here’s why.
by Alfred Ng
These businesses may be small, but they’re a big draw for hackers.
Thanks to WannaCry, ransomware has taken the world by storm, without any discretion on whose computers it holds hostage. It’ll lock down hospitals, mailrooms, banks, schools — if it has a vulnerable computer with outdated software, it’ll fall under a hacker’s crosshairs.
It’s that outdated software part that makes small businesses the most prevalent victims. Your local pizzeria or hair salon doesn’t have its own IT department and probably isn’t aware of the latest patches for Windows — or even the latest version of Windows.
“If you’re a one-man shop, it’s often a nephew or a family member who does that,” said Robert Gibbons, the chief technology officer at Datto, a cybersecurity company. “Small businesses suffer because they don’t have the skill nor the infrastructure to manage this.”
Medicine Bow Technologies can help your small business fend off Ransomware attacks with our Total Managed Services offering. Total Managed Service (TMS) adds Full Risk Diversification to Proactive Security Intelligence.
TMS includes all of the security and monitoring software your business needs, MBT sentinels to watch your traffic and equipment, and it also includes full remediation of problems encountered before your users notice.
TMS includes a dedicated account team that knows your infrastructure and is automatically authorized to react quickly to install fixes either remotely or in-person. Because you may not even know what is breaking or at risk to infection, TMS includes detailed, routine reports that list each issue resolved.
This product is perfect for the business without IT staff or for the business that has overextended IT staff.