By Ben Killion, Client Advisor, Aureon
Ransomware is a type of malware, or malicious software, that threatens to publish the victim’s data or block access to it until they pay a ransom. Ransomware attacks may target individuals or organizations. These types of cybersecurity attacks are on the rise around the world.
What is the risk of a ransomware attack and how can you protect your business? Keep reading to learn more about these cybersecurity threats and a new way to defend against them.
Ransomware Risk Reaches New Heights
U.S. organizations suffered 65,000 ransomware attacks in 2020. Experts predict this number will only continue to rise if companies don’t do something to address their neglected IT systems.
Recent attacks have targeted SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline, JBS, and Kaseya. All these companies have ties to infrastructure in some form, which made them prime targets.
- SolarWinds helps companies manage their networks, systems, and IT infrastructure. Hackers slipped malicious code into a routine software update for customers. The attack compromised the data of about 100 companies and a dozen government agencies.
- Colonial Pipeline is the largest pipeline system for refined oil products in the United States. A ransomware attack shut down the pipeline and raised fuel prices. The company paid $4.4 million worth of bitcoin to hackers to restore its operations.
- JBS is the world’s largest meat processing company. A ransomware attack impacted servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems. The company later confirmed in an official release that it paid $11 million in ransom to cyberattackers.
- Kaseya supplies software to service providers who in turn use that software to handle security and tech support for thousands of small businesses. A ransomware attack on its software spread to up to 1,500 businesses in 17 different countries.
While these examples showcase ransomware attacks on very large corporations, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are increasingly at risk of being hit by an attack. SMBs are also less likely to have the internal resources available to manage their IT infrastructure.
Managed IT Services That Protect Your Business
There are several standalone managed IT services that help defend your organization against ransomware attacks, regardless of its size. Firewall and wireless security protect your data from attackers. Cloud and data center services ensure that your data is harder to access. Backup and data recovery are particularly useful in the event you need to recover lost or stolen data.
While these are all effective ways to defend against ransomware attacks, our team of technology experts at Aureon have also structured our services to offer you the best of the best. A new set of tiered packages offer you different levels of protection based on your needs.
Let’s take a closer look at Aureon ProCare and how it can benefit your business.
Inside ProCare’s Three Tiers of Protection
Aureon’s Basic, Standard, and Premium ProCare offerings provide varying levels of managed IT services. Each tier offers clearly defined product features and easy-to-understand pricing. In addition, all of the features of the previous tier packages extend to the next protection tier.
Basic ProCare Protection gives you access to our team of IT experts who take the time to learn the ins and outs of your business. Aureon will manage your software updates and provide technical support. They will also patch and report IT issues in as little as 12 business days.
Standard ProCare Protection includes 24/7, year-round network and monitoring maintenance. It also includes anti-ransomware and anti-exploit protection. Automated services ensure your network and systems remain patched, updated, and secure from outside threats.
Network security services that are part of the Standard ProCare plan include:
- Firewall management
- Content filtering
- Anti-virus protection
- Intrusion prevention
This plan also offers secure data backup with options for disaster recovery, disk encryption, DNS traffic monitoring and protection, policy enforcement, and vulnerability scanning.
Premium ProCare Protection adds security information event monitoring, security operations monitoring, and managed endpoint detection and response. These services provide the highest level of protection against ransomware attacks and other cybersecurity threats.
The Standard or Premium tier options of Aureon ProCare offer intrusion detection of ransomware, malware, and malicious networking activity to keep you safe. This makes them ideal all-in-one options for companies looking to defend their organization against ransomware attacks.
Strengthen Your Ransomware Defenses With ProCare
Ransomware attacks and other cybersecurity threats affect businesses of all sizes. Aureon ProCare’s tiered service approach lets you choose your desired level of IT support. Trust us to help defend your organization against cyberattacks while you focus on running your business.