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Two thousand and eighteen is the year of ransomware. According to the 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, while malware and hacking breaches have been on a slight decline for the last year, the use of ransomware has skyrocketed. Criminals attracted to ease of use, minimal risk, and high hit rate associated with ransomware have flocked to the strategy in droves, costing small businesses across America millions of dollars in the process. About $301 million to be exact, as stated in Datto’s 2017 State of the Channel Ransomware Report.
But, of course, businesses aren’t the only organizations that have been hit by the ransomware epidemic. Just ask the city of Atlanta, whose systems were frozen by ransomware in late March of this year, locked behind a $50,000 Bitcoin deposit. One interesting component of the case is that, regardless of whether or not the city was actually prepared to pay the ransom, it seems they didn’t even have the opportunity. Hackers took down the payment portal not long after the breach, leaving Atlanta officials swinging in the wind. As officials scrambled to restore basic functions of city programs, it only took two weeks to amass a staggering $2.6 million bill — a figure that officials expect to climb another $9.5 million over the coming year.
Even if you’re not one of the 10 biggest cities in the United States, cybercriminals cast a wide net — most of the time, it’s more profitable to target dozens of virtually unprotected, smaller organizations than to draw the ire of big fish like the US government. If you were a small-time criminal, would you rather break into 10 high-end, unlocked homes abandoned by vacationing tenants, or pull a single, endlessly complicated Ocean’s Eleven-style heist? Attackers generally follow the path of least resistance. Your business is just that.
So, what do you do in response? Toughen up your barriers, tighten up your processes and enlist your entire staff in the battle against ransomware.
Ransomware attackers don’t steal your data, they just lock you out of it. So the best way to make your organization totally ransomware-proof is to make sure a ransomware breach won’t actually affect your day-to-day operations. That means regular backups, and lots of them, scattered throughout your primary network in places that won’t be compromised by the spreading malware. When ransomware hits, all you need to do is hunt down the source, delete it, and roll the entire system back.
The vast majority of ransomware attacks happen through phishing e-mails, which means employees are usually the ones to open the gates that let the malware in. Luckily, it’s easy to train your team to stay vigilant for the signs of digital scams and put procedures in place that will prevent them from ever clicking that shady link.
Of course, the best way to keep ransomware at bay is by putting a skilled team on the case. Unlike an isolated IT employee, a managed services provider has the combined know-how, time, and resources to proactively manage your network security, implementing systems that will make it all but impossible for ransomware to penetrate your data. To truly seal up all the holes in your digital security, it takes a complex, comprehensive strategy. Bring in the experts and ensure your business doesn’t become another statistic in the age of digital crime.
For the business leaders we coach in my organization, it is often easier for them to see where others need to improve and course-correct than it is for them to see which changes they need to make themselves. But it’s important that we, as coaches, leaders and entrepreneurs, put as much pressure on ourselves to move forward in our own lives and businesses as we do on others. Here are four ways I’ve learned to cut through the egos and expectations and help business leaders and their teams achieve their personal bests.
1. Listen. That’s all.
It sounds so simple, but it can be very difficult for people who are used to running the show to begin by listening. In any group of strong personalities, you’re going to get a lot of brutal honesty disguised as constructive criticism. But that’s okay. As a leader, the best thing you can do is listen and not respond until the other person is finished. Avoid “getting in there” and problem-solving right away. Instead, hear what the other person has to say and consider it carefully before you respond.
2. Realize — and admit! — that you’re not perfect.
You’ve been running a business for years. You know where you’re going and how to get there. But no matter who you are, you’ve still got a lot to learn. We all do. The minute you think you know it all is the moment it’s time to get back to basics. Invite other voices and opinions to weigh in. Troubleshoot areas where you might need help. Get vulnerable.
3. Tear it down and build it back up.
Step back, look at what you’ve done in the past and ask, “Is this really the best way?” Find all the things that are not working or could go wrong, and shine a light on them. Then, fix what’s broken. Once you get a new plan to a place that feels right, solidify it and put in the work to make it happen.
4. Be a lifelong learner.
A superior track coach will always be looking for the best shoes for their team to wear and the most efficient ways to train. Any football coach worth their salt will spend hours watching game videos and developing new plays to help their team win. As a business leader, it’s your duty to do the same for your team members. Adopt a student mindset. Read voraciously. And keep your mind open to whatever may come.
Andy Bailey is the founder, CEO and lead business coach at Petra, an organization dedicated to helping business owners across the world achieve levels of success they never thought possible. With personal experience founding an Inc. 500 multimillion-dollar company that he then sold and exited, Bailey founded Petra to pass on the principles and practices he learned along the way. As his clients can attest, he can cut through organizational BS faster than a hot knife through butter.
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Stringfellow Management Group (SMG) is a Maryland-based AMCI-Accredited Association Management Company committed to the highest professional standard in full-service association management. SMG provides headquarters operations, professional management services, specialized financial management, and conference coordination to non-profit associations and foundations in Maryland, nationally and internationally.
SMG’s Association Management "Team" model provides client organizations with a consistent, core group of professionals to skillfully manage day-to-day operations and programs, provide executive leadership to guide their strategic plan, and offer the team support that enables new program development.
SMG is an Accredited Association Management Company with 32 associates in five states. Administered by the AMC Institute, AMC Institute Accreditation is recognized and supported by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership and is based on the ANSI Standard of Good Practices for the AMC Industry.
SMG joined the DP Solutions Confidence Plus client family in 2016. DP Solutions manages all staff computers, as well as the company’s cloud-hosted servers and Office 365 environment. The proactive monitoring, maintenance and 24x7x365 tech support inherent in the Confidence Plus solution keeps SMG’s network running smooth and secure.
To learn more about SMG, visit www.stringfellowgroup.net.
DP Solutions congratulates Stringfellow on ranking 13th on the Baltimore Business Journal’s 2018 Fast 50 list!