The headlines say it all.

  • Ransomware Attacks Take on New Urgency Ahead of Vote – Attacks against small towns, big cities and the contractors who run their voting systems have federal officials fearing that hackers will try to sow chaos around the election.
  • Cyberattacks Hobbles Major Hospital Chain’s U.S. Facilities – A computer outage at a major hospital chain thrust healthcare facilities across the U.S. into chaos Monday, with treatment impeded as doctors and nurses already burdened by coronavirus pandemic were forced to rely on paper backup systems. Universal Health Services, which operates more than 250 hospitals and other clinical facilities in the U.S., blamed the outage on an unspecified IT “security issue” in a statement posted to its website.
  • Ransomware Jumps in September as Schools Become Primary Targets – The number of schools hit by ransomware ticked up in September growing to roughly twice the number in August, according to cybersecurity firm Emsisoft. Two of the highest-profile attacks this month have been Hartford public schools in Connecticut and Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia – the latter the 10th-largest school division in the country.

What if your organization is next?

With October being National Cybersecurity Awareness month, Magna5 urges all its customers to spring into action to ensure their networks are secure.

Taking a reactive path of “waiting” for an issue to occur is not an option.

Cyber attackers are simply too clever for you to fight data breaches and intrusions alone. Ransomware attacks are growing more than 350% annually. Many government entities are taking preventive measures by turning to managed security providers who can proactively safeguard critical infrastructure and data using smart, multi-tiered security defenses to stay one step ahead.

Aggressive measures are needed to counter unauthorized access and threat intrusion.

Managed security providers can boost detection and response times to cyber threats by proactively monitoring the security integrity of your entire network around the clock. They will identify patterns of events indicating a possible threat, determine the risk and act quickly.

Early-warning detection capabilities can identify and block malicious traffic before threat actors disrupt operations.

It is vitally important to have visibility into your entire network, including all virtual machines, cloud apps, endpoints, mobile devices and VoIP phones. Moving data to a secure cloud environment monitored by a proven managed security provider can secure your data using next-generation firewalls and intrusion protection systems that monitor traffic in real-time for effective cyber threat prevention.

Protection begins with knowing where the weak spots are in your network.

Managed security providers can provide internal and external scans of network devices, servers, applications, databases and more … on-premises and in the cloud … to see what’s exposed to threats and recommend corrective action. Regularly scheduled patch management can close known vulnerabilities that ransomware attackers often exploit.

Backup and recovery capabilities play a big role in restoring lost data in the event of attacks.

Managed security providers can swiftly respond to downtime events with cost-effective restore solutions. Seamless recovery can happen in minutes to keep municipalities running without interruption. You can specify recovery for an entire virtual environment or specific end-user systems, cloud applications and departmental infrastructures.

Conclusion

Automated ransomware attacks are big business. Organizations can prepare for the unexpected by teaming with Magna5 as a trusted managed security provider to diligently build multiple tiers of defense to thwart attacks.

Worried about ransomware or other cyber threats penetrating your business? We can help. Check out our short Managed Security video to learn more.

Mike Penn

Mike Penn

Mike Penn joined Magna5 as Senior Content Developer. His role is to bring to life stories that inspire or inject clarity in how managed services and emerging trends can be applied to help organizations operate better and more efficiently.

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