Tag: Cyber Security Chicago

11 May 2018

Ransomware Attack Recovery for your Chicago Business

Protect your Company from Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware Attacks are targeting Chicago Businesses

Chances are if you’re reading this article it’s because you’ve gotten hit with a ransomware attack. Recovery is probably pretty vital to your business and you stand to lose a lot if your data is not recovered. We are first going to discuss what your options are, and then discuss what you can do to prevent getting into this situation in the future.

Ransomware Attack Recovery: Check Your Backups

First and foremost, check your backups. It’s easy to forget that you even have backups in such situation, but backups are a vital part of ransomware attack recovery. In this day and age of automatic cloud backups, you may even have your data backed up without realizing it. Windows 10 is set up to automatically backup user files to OneDrive, Android phones and ChromeBooks automatically backup their data to Google Drive, and Apple products automatically backup to iCloud.

Of course, you don’t want these backups to become corrupted by the ransomware attack. If you haven’t already, immediately stop the syncing process so that you don’t end up overwriting your cloud backup with the ransomware’s encrypted version of your data. With backups of your data, it’s easy to simply reinstall your operating system and restore your data from backup.

Ransomware Attack Recovery: What to Do if You Don’t Have Backups

If you don’t have backups of your data, though, it gets trickier. You may need to pay the ransom to get your data restored. If you can’t pay the ransom, you can try decryption software designed to restore your data from ransomware attacks. This software is very hit or miss, though, and there is a 50/50 chance of it working to restore your data.

As a last resort, you can try contacting us to restore your data. We can use more advanced decryption methods to attempt to restore your data. Please be aware though that this, too, may fail.

Ransomware Attack Recovery: Prevention

Ransomware attack recovery starts with being prepared before a ransomware attack occurs. If you are prepared ahead of time, then ransomware doesn’t stand a chance against harming your business. As you may have guessed, this starts with having backups of your data.

Keep your own encrypted backups both stored in the cloud and stored offline. This way even if ransomware manages to infect your online backups, you still have offline backups it can’t touch. Encrypting your backups also prevents anyone from gaining access to sensitive business data.

Of course, the best case scenario is one in which ransomware doesn’t have a chance to infect your business network at all. So make sure you are using the latest security software that is equipped to prevent ransomware from ever getting its hooks into your system. Keep this software updated as well.

Along with using up to date security software, use up to date operating system software. Older operating systems are full of security holes that ransomware loves to exploit. The first ransomware in fact was trained to take advantage of businesses that were still using Windows XP, because Microsoft was no longer releasing security updates for it. If you are using an older operating system, now is definitely the time to update it.

Along with using an up to date operating system, make sure you are regularly applying updates and security patches. Just like ransomware loves to exploit older operating systems, it also likes to take advantage of operating systems that haven’t been updated and patched.

Another great step you can take towards ransomware prevention is getting us to do a full audit of your network to patch up any security holes. While security software and up to date software provides good basic protection, there still may possibly be holes in your network that could let an attacker slip through and install ransomware. A security audit will let you know what those holes are and help you seal up your network completely, preventing that from being an issue.

Ransomware Attack Recovery: Success!

If you follow all of these steps, you will be a ransomware attack recovery pro. Ransomware will not stand a chance against harming your business! Make sure that your security software and operating system are fully up to date, keep plenty of both online and offline encrypted backups, and get a security audit done so that your network can be completely secured. You will never have to worry about ransomware – or any malware – ever again.

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24 Apr 2018

IS YOUR CYBER SECURITY GOOD ENOUGH TO PROTECT YOU FROM A LAWSUIT

Cyber Security Services Chicago
Make sure you have the right Cyber Security in place!

Could Your Business Be Open to A Lawsuit If Someone Steals Confidential Data From Your Systems Because of Poor Cyber Security?

The short answer is – YES, your Chicago business could possibly be open to a lawsuit if someone steals confidential data from your systems because of poor Cyber Security. There have been cases in the past where lawsuits were won because a customer was harmed through a company being hacked, and the company was found to have lax security. Meaning the company’s Cyber Security was not what it should be. There also have been cases in which the company sued employees for stealing customers or the company’s confidential data, and won.

One such example of this happened in 2009 when a hacker successfully hacked a bank and stole $26,000 from a customer in Chicago Illinois by obtaining a loan in their name. The couple sued the bank for failing to use state-of-the art security measures – and won. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer refused to grant a summary judgment in favor of Citizens Financial, stating in her ruling that “assuming that Citizens employed inadequate security measures, a reasonable finder of fact could conclude that the insufficient security caused Plaintiffs’ economic loss.” So absolutely because of poor Cyber Security the Chicago company was found responsible.

Also in 2009, DuPont filed a lawsuit against a research scientist for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets for stealing a large number of files. Hong Meng stole more than 600 files by copying them to a portable hard drive. So not only can a customer sue a company for the theft of confidential data, but a company can also sue an employee for the theft of confidential data. It makes sense that your Chicago company have the Cyber Security pieces in place to make sure you’re not vulnerable.

Tips on How to Protect Your Business’ Confidential Data and Improve Cyber Security!

There are steps a business can take to help protect itself against being sued for confidential data theft. Here are a few tips:

● Keep an inventory of all your computers, laptops, mobile devices, and other equipment so that you know where your company stores confidential data.

● Keep track of confidential data by talking with sales, IT, HR, accounting, and service providers.

● Pay attention to how you keep confidential data: Social Security numbers, credit card information, and other sensitive data.

● Use Social Security numbers only for necessary and legal purposes.

● If your company has a mobile app, make sure the app only access necessary data and functions that it needs.

● Follow the “principle of least privilege” by scaling down access to data.

● Store all documents, files, thumb drives, and backups in a locked room or cabinet.

● Require employees to put files away, log off computers, and lock file cabinets and doors at the end of the day.

● Implement access controls in your building.

● If you have any offsite storage, limit employee access to it to need-only basis.

● If you ship any confidential information using outside carriers or contractors, encrypt it and keep an inventory on what is being shipped.

● If you have any devices that collect confidential data like PIN keypads, secure them so identity thieves can’t tamper with them.

● Make sure to have an IT audit or IT security assessment to make sure that your company has the right pieces in place for proper Cyber Security.

If you want to get serious about using state-of-the-art cyber security for your business confidential data so you won’t be held liable in a lawsuit if someone steals a customer’s data, get in contact with us.

We follow all of the regulations and recommendations for securing personal and confidential business data, and are fully certified to meet all standards for corporate, medical, legal, and other types of business environments. There is no one better to trust with your information security than our team of IT professionals.

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