SMBs are having a slugfest with malware. How does your business stack up?

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Malware attacks are hitting small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) harder than ever before. While most businesses understand the obvious need for cyber protection, what many *don’t* understand is that a good ol’ antivirus just isn’t enough to protect against hackers anymore. So if you’re one of those businesses running the same old cyber strategy you’ve been using since the Windows 7 days, perhaps it’s time to face the facts and take action to defend your business against new & evolving digital threats.

What is Malware?

Malware, short for malicious software, is any piece of code designed to infiltrate your computer systems or network and cause damage. According to a recent report, the major players in the malware game are information-stealing malware, ransomware, and business email compromise (BEC).

All of these nasties can lead to data theft, loss of business or worse – irreparable harm and complete financial ruin.

Why Should You Care?

Imagine a typical day at work, when suddenly, a malware attack strikes. Your files are encrypted, systems are locked down, and you’re held hostage for ransom. You see, unlike the computer viruses of old, it’s not just about losing money; it’s about the potential damage to your reputation, operations, and customers’ trust.

There is no worse feeling than having spent years building up a successful operation only to have it all come crashing down in an instant. These kinds of attacks happen all the time – but don’t take our word for it, just Google “ransomware attack news” and you will see how businesses in and around Vancouver are being affected by malware attacks every single day:

But enough of the scary stuff. What can you do to punch back?

How to Fight Back Against Malware

  1. Educate Your Team: Teach your employees to spot phishing emails, suspicious links, and other tactics used by cyber criminals. Awareness is key.
  2. Armor Up Your Devices: Equip all your computers and devices with the best software to prevent attacks.
  3. Back Up Your Data: Regularly back up your data to secure offsite locations. If attacked, you’ll have a plan to restore your files.
  4. Fortify Your Network: Improve your network security with firewalls, encryption, and other powerful tools.
  5. Stay Skeptical: Be cautious of suspicious emails or requests for sensitive information. Always double-check the sender’s identity and avoid clicking on risky links or attachments.
  6. Have a Plan: Prepare an incident response plan for dealing with malware attacks. It’s your emergency playbook for containing the threat, recovering your data, and reporting the incident.

At Leap Cloud Solutions, we understand the gravity of malware attacks and the importance of a robust cyber security strategy. Our team of experts is here to help you plan, implement and safeguard your Vancouver business against cyber threats. If you need assistance, book a no-obligation consult with us today. Together, we can ensure your business stays secure and thrives in the face of whatever comes your way.

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