Is Your IT Company In Dayton Protecting Your Firm From Ransomware?

Ransomware is arguably the greatest cybercrime threat today – are you confident that your firm is protected from it? If you don’t have an IT company in Dayton keeping you safe, then it’s only a matter of time until you’re hit.

Given how connected your construction firm is today — thanks to the Internet and cloud technology — it’s time to get serious about cybercrime.

How safe do you think you are from today’s cybercrime threats? How about ransomware?

Ransomware is an undeniably major threat to businesses around the world today. Maybe you can accept that ransomware is real, but don’t believe it’s all that costly. You’d be wrong.

According to Beasley Breach Response’s 2019 noncompliance report

  • The average ransomware payout is $116,000
  • The highest ransomware demanded by cybercriminals was $8.5 million
  • The highest ransom paid by a target organization was $935,000

How could it possibly cost so much? Just think for a second what it would be like if you couldn’t access your data. Technology is such a crucial part of business today, that without it, you can’t do much of anything.

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Should You And Your IT Company In Dayton Be Worried About Ransomware?

Experts agree that cybersecurity should be a bigger concern for construction firms. Phil Weaver, senior director for Warfel Construction’s IT, doesn’t think the industry is ready to defend itself.

“I don’t think general contractors and construction managers are worried enough about the impact a cyber incident can have,” said Weaver to “I think there is just a lack of understanding or realization that it can happen to us.”

The construction industry has been hit before, and it will undoubtedly be hit again – just consider the ransomware attack against Saint Gobain, which cost them an estimated 80 million Euros. The question is – do you have an IT company in Dayton to protect your firm from ransomware?

Protect Yourself From Ransomware With Help From An IT Company In Dayton

To start, you have to make sure you’re secure:

  1. Have your data backed up, to a separate location, on a regular basis. By storing a complete and up to date copy of your data that’s separate from your local systems, it doesn’t matter if your onsite data gets encrypted by ransomware.
  2. Confirm that anti-malware and antivirus settings are deployed to automate all updates and to continually conduct system and device scans.
  3. Train your staff to ask themselves these key questions before opening an email:
    • Do I know the sender of this email?
    • Can I verify that the attached link or PDF is safe?
    • Does anything seem “off” about this email, its contents or the sender?

But it doesn’t end there – cybersecurity isn’t something you can just let slide. Third-parties involved with your business – either directly, or in concert with your IT company in Dayton — are a part of your supply chain. How they perform affects how you perform. If you truly have your success in mind, you need to manage your third parties effectively – or your IT company in Dayton should be doing it for you.

If you’re not sure, then ask for help – SureTec will help implement robust security measures, deploying security devices like firewalls, patching, antivirus software updates, intrusion and gateway protection, to name a few.

Furthermore, we will support your cybersecurity processes and practices, by implementing 2-factor authentication, employee security training, and password reset policies for your company.

Nick Hess is an authority for IT services in Portland, OR. Nick's team at SureTec IT has helped numerous companies with their day-to-day IT service needs. Nick also has years of experience with Google G Suite, Microsoft 365, and business VoIP Services.

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