From phishing to hacking to viruses, many businesses can expect to become the victim of cyber criminals every single year.
According to the FBI, in the USA alone more than 4,000 ransomware attacks occur every day. There is a hacking attack every 39 seconds, and one in three Americans are affected annually.
It is anticipated that the damage sustained by cyber crime will cost businesses around the world $6 trillion annually by 2021 – up from $3 trillion in 2015. These costs include direct monetary lost, the cost of fixing and restoring systems after they have been compromised, lost revenue in the wake of an attack and legal costs.
It is a conservative figure because many businesses are completely destroyed in the aftermath of an attack because of reputational damage incurred as well as the financial burden.
In fact, the billionaire businessman Warren Buffet said at a shareholder meeting last year that cyber attacks are mankind’s number one problem and rank higher than the threat posed by nuclear weapons!
If your organization has never been affected by cyber attacks in any way, it might be down to good luck and not good management.
It’s crucial to stay on the front foot by implementing best practices in this area including ensuring firewalls are turned on, installing anti-virus and anti-malware software and regularly updating them, keeping other software patched and up-to-date, training employees in cyber security awareness and having iron-clad policies and procedures in place that can easily be followed in the event there is a breach.
An important tool to have in your organization’s arsenal in the fight against cyber crime is DeskAlerts. Many businesses are using this innovative software approach to keep their employees informed about cyber attack threats.
DeskAlerts works by sending pop-up notifications to your employees’ desktop computers screens that appear no matter what other applications they are working on at the time, bypassing the unreliable email system and ensuring important information is delivered quickly.
It can be used to send cyber attack notifications when there is a known threat affecting many other businesses. You can quickly send the details of the threat to your employees telling them what to look for and what they need to do – for example, don’t open email attachments that are suspicious.
If your organization has, unfortunately, been compromised, you can also use DeskAlerts to quickly let your employees know what the problem has been, what systems are affected, what steps they need to take to minimize any further damage and what will happen next.
You can also use it to send notifications if you realize your business is being targeted by phishing scams or by fraudsters sending invoices for services that have never actually been commissioned or delivered.
In fact, DeskAlerts can also be used to deliver ongoing information and reminders about cyber security so that security awareness becomes ingrained in your corporate culture. It is often better to be proactive than reactive.