The WannaCry malware attack in 2017 cost the UK’s NHS £92 million. But what if you aren’t a massive national organization like the NHS? Do you still need to worry about attacks on your system? Sadly, you do. Wondering why preventing a malware attack should be your top priority? Read on to learn more.

What is Malware?

Malware is a broad term that refers to software installed on your computer. It’s installed without your knowledge or consent. It might let a hacker access your files or even record everything you do on your computer. Every time you type a password, the malware records what you type. Viruses also fall under the definition. They can destroy a hard drive or delete files. WannaCry was the ransomware type of malware. This new version locks access to your files unless you pay a ransom, usually in bitcoins. Remember malware can also enter your system via email. 91 percent of attacks start with phishing emails

Why Should It Be My Top Priority?

Do you have the money to replace machines if viruses destroy hard drives? Being the victim of an attack can get expensive. There’s the loss or corruption of data to take into consideration. Even with a robust disaster recovery plan, it can take time to rebuild your system. Hackers can use your business as a launchpad to access your customer’s systems. Data loss could lead to a loss of reputation within your industry. There were over 3,800 publicly disclosed breaches in the first half of 2019. Rebuilding trust after a data breach takes time. If you’re based in the EU or deal with companies who are, you’re bound by GDPR compliance laws. That means guarding against malware attacks that might expose sensitive customer data. 60 percent of small businesses who suffer a malware attack go out of business within six months.

How Do I Prevent a Malware Attack?

Install anti-virus and anti-malware software. Keep it up to date to enjoy the best protection against attacks. Keep firewalls and operating systems updated. Decide if you want to allow staff to connect devices to your network. Every connection is a potential weak point that a hacker could exploit. Train employees to use passwords that are difficult to guess. Use a password manager if they have trouble remembering them. Another simple way is to use managed IT support services. Your IT partner will audit your system and plug any immediate gaps. They can create bespoke security protocols and help train your staff. Their 24/7 monitoring can block attacks fast before they cause any problems.

Defend Your Business

Now you know why preventing a malware attack should be your top priority. It protects both your company and your customers. Keeping data safe and systems working is cheaper than dealing with a malware attack. It also saves you having to rebuild your reputation, which can take months or years. Perhaps you’ve realized your systems aren’t quite as robust as they should be. You need someone to update your systems. We’re here to help. Contact us today to find out how our managed IT services can help prevent future attacks.