Dan’s Blog — February 27th

Just last week I presented a session at the Missouri Concrete Association.   My session was on Cyber Crime and how to avoid them.  This was truly a good news / bad news presentation.  But, sadly, the bad news far outweighed the good news.

The Bad News:

  • Viruses are down but ransomware is up
  • It’s not a matter of IF but WHEN you will be hit
  • Remediation is not cheap
  • Construction arena is considered “low hanging fruit” for the cybercriminals
  • Prevention is not readily available (yet)
  • Cybercrime is on the rise —  6 in 7 report business victimized by ransomware
  • Paying the ransom does not guarantee you get your data back (15% never recovered the data)
  • No operating system is safe (UGH!)
  • Mobile attacks are on the rise (check your phone for apps)

The Good News:

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – it is possible to recover from a Ransomware attack!

  • Five steps will help you be prepared for the WHEN:
    1. a good Backup & Disaster Recovery solution (BDR) is your #1 defense
    2. Employee Cybersecurity training… knowing what to watch for like spear phishing scams (if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…)
    3. Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware – these will be with us forever!
    4. Email spam filtering – this will help with the phishing scams not 100% but close
    5. Patching applications – if your computer wants to reboot because of updates… LET IT!
    6. Ads / popup blockers – YES you still need these on your system

Not fun to present such a heavily slanted bad news presentation, but truth be told… it’s bad out there in the internet (dark web) world! Bad guys are working 24/7 to hack into your system. They have all the time in the world and they have systems constantly bumping and grinding away at your security walls.
The days of simply having just anti-virus and anti-malware are behind us. Cyber Crime is a growing BUSINESS… and is not showing any signs of letting up anytime soon. If you don’t believe me, do a Google search for ransomware and see for yourself.The big boys are being hit now… but as soon as they are fortified, the cybercriminals will work their way down to low hanging (say under protected) fruit.
Recovery from Ransomware is actually pretty simple: Have a great backup & disaster recovery solution in play BEFORE you get hit… it’s practically impossible and very costly after you’re hit with it.
See, it’s like your grandma (and Benjamin Franklin) always told you, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”