How should Scottish SMEs protect themselves after WannaCry?

Don’t have your files held to ransom, follow a few of these simple steps to help protect your business against the likes of WannaCry

The WannaCry virus was undoubtedly one of the major cyber-attacks of recent years, affecting computers worldwide and causing havoc to businesses and institutions which were not adequately protected. It locked their computers, encrypted their files and demanded payment to return their system to normal. In light of this, here are some of the ways Scottish SMEs can protect themselves.
Be vigilant
The first way any business owner can help to nullify the threat from cyber-attacks is to stay alert and follow news about any major attacks which occur. These could well be localised attacks, so Scottish SMEs in particular should look at any which might be happening in Scotland, especially if other businesses they deal with have been affected (viruses could easily spread through company emails).
If they are vigilant and know the potential threat to their business, it will be much easier to prepare and counter any attack which may occur, and it should also prevent the business from being crippled by a virus.
Invest in anti-virus software
Scotland is known for its strong cybersecurity scene, and it’s imperative that all SME’s use the same type of protection that big financial firms such as Sucden Financial use in order to stay safe. This may mean investing a fair bit of capital, but it is certainly worth it in the long run.
SMEs should search for the best anti-virus/protection software they can afford, and ensure that it will protect them for the foreseeable future. It will, after all, prevent important and potentially crucial information/files from being adversely affected by an attack, and could end up saving the business altogether.
Back everything up
Viruses are constantly evolving and becoming more powerful. It is rare, but even the best anti-virus software can fail to stop the most complex and powerful viruses, resulting in carnage for those affected.
It is well worth backing up everything which is stored on the business computers and keeping hard copies of the most important documents, especially considering the over-reliance on digital technology nowadays. This could also include transferring important files to a memory stick or any external storage device, which could then be used to restore them in the event of a cyber-attack.
The WannaCry virus has been a significant wake up call for many individuals and businesses across the world. It is now imperative that SMEs step up their security and ensure that they are as well protected as possible for the future.

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