Q: We’re just a small company. Are we really a target for hackers?
A: Any computer attached to the Internet is a target. While some elite hackers (Nation State Actors) will focus on specific targets, the vast majority take a spray and pray approach. Infecting any computer with ransomware is a potential for monetary gain.
Q: We have Antivirus software. Are we protected?
A: Yes and no. While off the shelf antivirus products do offer protection, they rely on the user to configure them. Much like using an online investing tool without the advice of an expert, the success or failure of them is more luck than strategy. Cybersecurity Industry best practices strongly recommend employing experts to assess, install, and monitor security products.
Q: We have backups. Why should we spend money on extra protection?
A: Backups that are encrypted, monitored, and tested on a regular basis are essential to a Disaster Recovery Plan. Keep in mind ransomware is not the only threat. For instance, breached data containing Personally Identifiable Information (PII), will require mandatory reporting to the government and could lead to fines, lawsuits, and at the very least, tarnish the company’s reputation.