Ransomware is currently a hot topic. In 2019, the FBI received more than 2,000 complaints identified as ransomware, costing consumers and businesses over $8.9 million, according to the bureau’s Core Competency Certification (IC3) 2019 Internet Crime Report. Because attackers are often overseas and can mask their location, it can be difficult to catch them.
To better understand how attacks happen, it’s important to understand how a cybercriminal is able to gain access to a system.
Now that we understand how an attacker can gain access, there are a few other items to note. Most systems in a retail setting are interconnected or bridged together. The accounting system is connected to HR, which is connected to scheduling, which is connected to receiving, and the list goes on. A ransomware attack might impact part of the system, or it could take it all out. Not only could you lose the ability to check out customers, but you could lose the ability to receive shipments, pay vendors, schedule staff, etc.
To prevent or limit the impact of a ransomware attack, consider the following steps: