Business owners were still reeling from the WannaCry cyberattack that crippled operations around the world when news broke in late June 2017 of yet another ransomware breach. The malware, this time named Petya, affected much of Eastern Europe and also paralyzed multinational corporations in Western Europe and even the United States. Petya’s demands were similar to WannaCry: affected users had to pay a ransom amount to retrieve precious data that was taken hostage. The increasing frequency of such cyberattacks indicates a growing need for comprehensive IT solutions for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) so that up-to-date security solutions can protect critical data, records, and online identities.

What lessons can SMBs learn from Petya and the slew of recent cyberattacks?

Be proactive

In the cat-and-mouse game of cybersecurity, it pays to stay ahead of the curve. Employ a trusted IT solutions provider who can deploy the latest patches and security fixes to prevent systems from being compromised. CMIT Solutions stays abreast of the latest trends in cybersecurity so clients can rest assured that franchise partners keep a close eye on clients’ IT systems and devices.

Create an effective point of contact

Small and medium-sized businesses have to put out many fires every day — worrying about data breaches shouldn’t be one of them. In addition to compromising valuable information, data breaches can harm public perceptions of the business. That’s why SMBs should try their best to ensure that such incidents never happen. Staying on top of moving goalposts in the cybersecurity realm can be challenging for one person or internal department to handle, which is why a trusted IT solutions provider like CMIT Solutions can monitor evolving IT needs and make sure all systems are protected.

Train employees about correct computer protocol

Employees can represent the weakest link in any business. One click on a suspicious link can lead to computers being infected or to the loss of valuable data. Train employees to never click on suspicious emails, even if they appear to come from trusted sources, and to not share passwords or download suspicious documents.

It’s not a matter of if but when a cyberattack can occur, but SMBs can work to avoid the inevitable. Engaging a trusted IT solutions provider like CMIT Solutions can proactively keep data safe and secure — if there’s one lesson to be learned from an attack like Petya, it’s that SMBs are advised to ignore cybersecurity issues at their own peril.

Don’t put off securing valuable business data. Learn more about custom IT solutions from CMIT Solutions can protect your business and make it virtually hack-proof.