After Spending Millions, Atlanta Still Struggling From Ransomware Attack

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Atlanta Ransomware Attack

Three months after suffering a major ransomware attack, the city of Atlanta is still struggling to get back on its feet. According to Reuters, the attack has had a more lasting impact than they originally thought, and the city is requesting an additional $9.5 million to help with recovery efforts.

While Atlanta did the right thing by refusing to pay the ransom demand of $50,000, unfortunately, they didn’t have the proper precautionary measures to protect their data and have spent millions in recovery costs to retrieve their data and prevent further attacks.

The only solution to a ransomware attack is a combination of BDR, cybersecurity education, and antivirus software. If you don’t have one in place, please give EnhancedTECH a call and we can set one up for your business.

Along with the massive financial setback, this disaster may hurt their chances of enticing Amazon to set up their new headquarters in Atlanta. Atlanta is one of 20 cities lobbying to attract Amazon’s second headquarters which promises 50,000 high-paying jobs for the city.

According to Datto’s State of the Channel Ransomware Report, the original ransom demand isn’t what always breaks the bank. The effects of downtime and data loss are typically what cut the deepest and cause the biggest issues for businesses.

How to Avoid Ransomware

Education: It’s critical that your staff understands what ransomware is and the threats that it poses. Provide your team with specific examples of suspicious emails with clear instructions on what to do if they encounter a potential ransomware lure (i.e. don’t open attachments, if you see something, say something, etc.).

Security: Antivirus software is essential for any business to protect against ransomware and other risks. Ensure your security software is up to date to protect against newly identified threats. Keep all business applications patched and updated to minimize vulnerabilities.

Backup: Modern total data protection solutions take snapshot-based, incremental backups as frequently as every five minutes to create a series of recovery points. If your business suffers a ransomware attack, this technology allows you to roll back your data to a point-in-time before the corruption occurred. First, you don’t need to pay the ransom to get your data back. Second, since you are restoring to a point-in-time before the ransomware infected your systems, you can be certain everything is clean and the malware can’t be triggered again.

Most security experts agree that’s a bad idea to pay the ransom demand. There’s no guarantee you will retrieve your data even if you pay the ransom and you are supporting the hackers’ criminal efforts.

Give EnhancedTECH a call at 714-970-9330 for a complimentary security consultation.

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