Everyone’s At Risk
Expanding your MSP security can protect you from most computer viruses. However, there are always going to be a few that seep through the cracks of even the finest security systems. Not even the government is immune to cyber attacks. When the DNC was hacked in 2016, it had to do with lax security practices but there have been other instances where seemingly protected government facilities were hacked by varying cybercriminals.
While you want the strongest, most up-to-date defenses you can acquire, you also want recovery options in place that can reboot systems without the malware corrupting them. The latest BDR “mirrored” cloud backup solution can have systems online and operational in minutes–perhaps seconds, depending on the provider you go through.
Your MSP can’t afford to neglect such solutions because a ransomware attack at the wrong time may wipe you out, and what will follow in short order is the loss of your clients.
Look Out For Locky!
Right now, one of the most pernicious ransomware viruses on the market is called Locky. It’s a virus that is bounced around thousands of ISPs internationally. It’s pernicious in its phishing techniques, and the file it tricks to unobservant users into clicking reads: “IKARUSdilapidated”. Don’t click IKARUSdilapidated, As soon as the file is clicked, it immediately begins to take over. By the time it’s done, all your files are held for ransom against a bitcoin extortion worth at least $4,000.
Your MSP security needs to be equipped to handle such insidious malware, and BDR solutions are one of the wisest defense strategies. Additionally, you want the latest and greatest firewall innovations, you want antivirus/anti-malware programs, and you want to proactively monitor systems for anomalies. This should be done through automated programs as well as concerted, conscious professionals.
You need to update systems regularly, and you need to ensure you always have the latest patches. The WannaCry ransomware attack of May 2017 was another international heionous cybercrime that could have been prevented. Only a small number of MSPs were affected, but any who forgot to institute their patches likely were. March of 2017 saw info released, which demonstrated that NSA had built backdoors into computers for surveillance purposes. Hackers jumped on that data and designed a virus that entered computer networks through SMB ports–no phishing-instigated download needed. Patched businesses didn’t have an issue, those that weren’t patched saw some serious downtime from WannaCry.
Consider these best practices in relation to your MSP:
- Have a BDR solution in place
- Incorporate multiple security tactics
- Always search out new security solutions
- Ensure you patch as soon as possible
- Don’t neglect proactive system monitoring
These are all relevant for your network system. Many cybercriminals wait for stores to get a catch in a rush, and try to “sneak” things in. When you’re not attentive, anomalies can go unobserved with greater ease.
Your MSP needs to be aware of the possibilities; it would be wise to optimize security, or at least, go over existing security arrangements regularly. Finally, MSP security must take into account the strategies of the hackers. They will attack in any point in time; identifying and preparing for such attacks can optimize your MSP and your client’s security reliability.