Christmas and the Crims

By November 30, 2016QCS Group Blog

Hi everyone,

Christmas is almost here (only 25 more sleeps!!!) and the bad guys are reaching for our wallets again.

There has been an explosion in the number of malicious emails doing the rounds in the last week or so. To give you an idea, yesterday our mail filters flagged 91% of all email coming through as malicious or spam, with only 9% classed as legitimate. See the graph below.

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Some customers have been unlucky enough to click on the links within and the results have been catastrophic. As with most things, prevention is better than cure. Make sure that your staff are all aware of the potential consequences of clicking on these links and just delete them without clicking anything.

QCS Group provide some tools that reduce the risk of these outbreaks. Many of our clients have taken up our Barracuda Spam & Virus Filter. This tool prefilters the email BEFORE it comes into your network. It?s well worth a look. It?s extremely affordable and easy to manage. Click here for more information. Plans start from as little as $14 per month.

A good anti virus solution is also imperative. Our preferred vendor in this field is Trend Micro. It?s extremely effective and unlike many other applications, it doesn?t consume huge amounts of computer resources while running.

Backups are critical, for EVERY business, regardless of size. Whether it?s a fire or a ransomware virus or a burglary, you have to be able to restore your data quickly and accurately in a worst case scenario. It?s worth having a thorough check of your backups. It?s not only the process of backing up that is important; you have to make sure you?re backing up the RIGHT data. When was the last time you did a test restore of your backed up data?

Of course, no solutions are foolproof. The weakest link is always human intervention. Call us on 1300 858 723 if you have any questions about any emails that you?re not sure about.

The QCS Team

 

 

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