Ransom attacks, just like those warned by the U.S. Department of Education, are happening all over the U.S. and are becoming more and more prevalent every day. This type of criminal activity can happen to any and all organizations, but K12 schools are specifically being targeted due to the sensitivity and nature of their data.
When it comes to ransom attacks, victims are usually faced with a tough decision between two results; losing their sensitive data to hackers or paying the ransom price to get their data back. In both cases, this can be detrimental to the budget of an organization. Costly ransom demands and the price(as well as the time) that it takes to start from scratch can weaken an organization and in many cases put them completely out of business.
Depending on the nature of the data, there is often no choice but to pay up to save it. So many organizations fall victim to cyber attacks simply because they do not have a backup plan in place. Whether you secure and backup your organization's data on your own or hire a managed service provider to do so, the cost of implementing a backup regularly is nothing in comparison to what can be lost without one.
A common misconception is that a virus protection software can replace a data backup plan. While you may be protected against some forms of ransom attacks, your data is still vulnerable in many other ways. From human error and natural disasters to network errors and hardware malfunctions, the possibilities are endless.The only way to be sure that your data is safe and secure is to create backups regularly. Data backups can save the day in any form of loss or disaster.
If you need help getting started on a backup plan or have questions or concerns regarding your cyber safety, please give the Epiphany team a call at (614) 425-8992.