The May 2017 headline sent chills down the spines of business owners around the world: “Ransomware cyberattack cripples hospitals across England.” Malicious code threatened to hold vital business data hostage unless ransom was paid. Even worse, the WannaCry ransomware attack hit more than 250,000 computers in 150 countries. Such incidents have been becoming increasingly frequent, leaving small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) scrambling for cutting-edge IT security solutions.

As data breaches and viruses make headlines over and over again, SMBs must fight hard to keep up — with limited resources at their disposal. CMIT Solutions delivers a comprehensive suite of IT protection that can build strong levels of defense around business data, devices, and online identities. Just as important, CMIT Solutions’ proactive approach allows businesses to focus on what they do best while leaving complicated IT issues to our experts. Since the North America-wide CMIT network keeps a finger on the pulse of evolving trends in the cybersecurity world, small to medium-sized businesses can rest assured that CMIT franchisees keep their best interests at heart.

Here are a few ways businesses can proactively secure their data and digital identities:

Install software patches and security updates

It’s easy to overlook critical patches for software like the Microsoft Windows operating system —the scope of the WannaCry attack could have been reduced if businesses had a trusted IT provider on their side deploying fixes that Microsoft had recently released. CMIT Solutions keeps its clients up and running by testing and deploying all the latest updates.

Encourage two-factor authentication

In the increasingly unsafe online world, strong passwords alone are not enough. Two-factor authentication, which involves something you know (a password) and something you receive (a unique code delivered via text or email for reach log in) provides an additional layer of security.

Back up your data

Storing your valuable data in a remote location is crucial to preventing ransomware attacks like WannaCry. If your data is encrypted but regular and redundant backups are performed every day, your business can avoid paying a ransom and instead retrieve backed up data in a pinch.

Provide employees with ongoing training

Employees are the first line of defense for any business. Empower your staff members to recognize suspicious emails and avoid clicking links or downloading attachments that aren’t expected from a trusted sender.

Want to learn more about our robust IT solutions that protect your valuable data from malicious ransomware attacks? Contact us today.