What you should know about cyber-attacks

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Cyber-attacks cannot really be predicted, unless we are talking about very specific targets which constantly come under fire. In regards to small businesses, however, cyber-attacks do not have specific patterns and can pretty much come at any point.

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Let us take the WannaCry ransomware as an example. On 12th of May 2017, within the course of a single day, the WannaCry ransomware was released into the wild and managed to infect more than 230,000 computers worldwide. In the end, the number rose to more than 300,000.

Even high-profile companies and organizations such as FedEx and the UK’s National Health Service were victims of the attack. No one expected the attack and if it wasn’t for the accidental hero who managed to stop its spread, a lot more computers would have been infected.

You may be familiar with the phrase “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”. The phrase could easily be modified to “eternal vigilance is the price of cyber-security”. When attacks are this random, they should always be expected.