Cyber attacks are a real risk for SMEs. Cybercrime caused direct financial losses to NZ businesses of over $1.5M in AprilJune 2018 according to CERT NZ(Computer Emergency Response Team New Zealand).
It’s a routine Friday morning in the office and it comes as a shock to see blood red text suddenly invading your computer screen. The anonymous author is demanding $300 in bitcoin to decrypt your files. It’s not the best timing but $300 seems manageable enough. You get on the phone to your IT department and the panic starts to set in when you realise that the firm’s entire operating system is infected. The systems might be down for a day or longer. It’s going to be ugly.