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A hospital in California was subjected to a ransomware attack closing the hospital for 2 days and resulting them ultimately having to pay $17,000 to get control of their files and folders back.

These kind of attacks are becoming more frequent.

So how does Zypha try to mitigate this risk?

1. We use end point security which is proactive in heading off any attack.

2. We block spam emails on a ‘points’ basis

3. We remove any programs or executable (.exe) attachments from any email in any case

4. We do not allow any users to have admin rights and therefore they cannot install programs – instead we install programs for them to assure security

5. We do not allow such programs to be secretly installed from websites. There are many unsecure websites out there which prey on users who click through to them

6. We only allow browsers which can block program installation and other malicious add-ons. This is why we do not include Firefox in our desktop service.

Alone or collectively these serve to minimize the risk of attack or infiltration – however it is clear that millions of businesses of all sizes do not instigate the kind of strong protection offered by Zypha. This is particularly true in the case of small and medium sized businesses which simply do not have the technical knowledge, time or resources to ensure this level of robust security. Remember that hackers are increasingly targeting small and medium sized businesses because they are large in number, less sophisticated, easier to hack for profit and lack the size to be taken seriously by law enforcement compared to a Fortune 500 company which can seek to pursue perpetrators given their access to greater resources.

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