Cyber-security threats to be aware of in 2019

All business owners know that IT and digital solutions play a key role in what they do now. From better communication, to email or video calls, to more sales through eCommerce stores, being online is essential for modern businesses. Unfortunately, all business owners will also know about cyber-crime and how vital staying safe online is. Data breaches or infected networks can cost huge amounts of money to fix and really harm your company’s reputation.

With this in mind, it is important to place great importance on your cyber-security arrangements. As we head into 2019, it seems likely that cyber-attacks will continue to happen and with increasing regularity. Although you may know about the most common ones like malware, here are some others to keep in mind for 2019.

Cryptocurrency hijacking

We are all aware of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. However, malicious individuals use cryptocurrency for their own gain. One scam is to infect networked computers with software that then gets them mining for cryptocurrency. It uses the resources of the computers it infects to do this which slows them down and harms your productivity. It also allows the criminals to make money from mining these digital coins without it costing them anything. With the increasing difficulty of mining and the falling value of cryptos, hopefully this is one attack that may decline. No doubt the hackers will think up another use for your stolen cpu cycles.

Botnets

They’ve been around for years, but this is something not many business owners will have heard of but may be big news in 2019. It sees hackers take control over a powerful network of computers without the user’s knowledge. They then use this massive network of machines to perform DDoS attacks, brute force attacks and steal sensitive data.

Ransomware

OK, this is not a new issue for 2019 but it is still set to be the major news in cyber-security. This sees hackers gain access to your servers or network of computers to lock all end-users out of them. They will only unlock the machines once you have paid a huge ransom. Naturally, this is very bad for your profits and also all the working time lost while the issue is being resolved. The sheer profitability of this kind of attack for cyber-criminals means it will continue to cause problems for years to come.

Let Nimbus CS keep you safe

The real problem for most businesses when it comes to cyber-security is having the time and expertise to keep it as tight as possible. This is especially true in large corporations where one vulnerable machine out of hundreds could be the way hackers get in. We offer comprehensive cyber-security services to help review your current IT set-up and help manage any improvements needed. Contact us today to find out more.

Outsourcing your IT security means being protected from ransomware

Ransomware is a real problem for businesses of all sizes, and unfortunately, it’s here to stay.

Computer viruses have been the scourge of businesses since the year dot and ransomware is the latest scary prospect. Ransomware attacks like WannaCry rose by 350% last year, and 81% of industry experts expect the trend to continue in this upward curve.

Imagine turning up to work one day and finding yourself locked out of every single computer in the office. In fact, imagine turning up to work and being locked of the office itself. The only way to unlock your precious information – or your front door – is to pay a hefty fee to the cybercriminals who did this to you. 

It leaves a bad taste in the mouth and a gaping hole in your company finances.

Protecting against ransomware

The simplest way to protect against this sort of threat, if you don’t have the in-house resources or expertise, is to outsource your cyber security. By using an expert IT support company like Nimbus CS you can dedicate your time to running your actual business, and let us worry about hackers.

We’ll holistically analyse your organisation’s computer security capabilities, let you know where the holes are, and how to fix them. We’ll install state of the art virus and malware computer solutions and provide friendly advice along the way. 

Expert IT training

We can also offer IT training courses. As an accredited partner of Microsoft, you can trust that we know what we’re doing. Once we’re done you’ll be sure that every member of your staff is comfortable using your IT systems, knows how to prevent security breaches, and importantly knows what to do if a breach, unfortunately, does occur.

Training has the added upside of increasing IT system user efficiency, allowing not only you but also your employees to get on with running the company instead of being bogged down in computer problems. 

By the end of 2019, a ransomware attack will target a business every 14 seconds. If they come for you, make sure your shields are up, and your staff are clued up.

Contact Nimbus CS today to learn more about our cyber security and training packages.



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