Ransomware. There is no doubt you have heard this somewhat scary sounding word over the last year as the number of attacks has increased significantly. In reality, it’s just a fancy word for a very specific type of malware that encrypts your files and demands a ransom. It definitely should not be ignored, though, especially by campground owners who have so many guests on their wifi every single day.
When I first started doing some research on this subject for a few existing clients, the numbers that we found were fairly startling. A company is hit by ransomware, on average, once every 40 seconds. How long have you been reading this article? That’s up from an average of one attack every two minutes in the beginning of 2017 but not quite as bad as individual users. On average, individuals are infected once every 10 seconds now.
Global ransomware damages are expected to exceed $5 billion dollars in 2017. That includes not only the amount being paid as ransom but the loss of revenue as a result. In one especially unnerving example, a hotel in Austria was recently a victim. It crippled their ability to make new reservations, new key cards or check-in people. Imagine if something similar happened at your campground on a busy holiday weekend?
The price of the ransom is not the only thing you have to worry about either. Imagine the damage to their reputation that the hotel took as a result of this attack. Imagine the loss of revenue for bookings and the online reviews that surely followed to complain. While they almost certainly recovered, would your first choice be a hotel that had previously been hacked?
How can we help? Let us be your remote security specialists. We recommend Sophos Intercept X which is a part of Sophos Endpoint Protection. The extra protection provided by the software can give you peace of mind that your campground is secure. In the end, nothing is foolproof, but it’s better than leaving the doors wide open to invite someone in and dealing with the consequences later.