Michigan Medical Practice Shuts Down After Ransomware Attack
Small and mid-sized companies are at the highest risk of going out of business due to some sort of cyber-attack. Case in point, Brookside ENT and Hearing Center in Battle Creek, MI closed its doors yesterday because they were unable to recover from a ransomware attack. The attacker asked for $6,500 and the doctors refused to pay, the attacker then wiped all the office files “including appointment schedules, payment and patient information.” Instead of rebuilding their database from scratch the two doctors decided to retire.
SMBs are very vulnerable to this type of scenario. I have had multiple clients that have come to me after they have been hit with some sort of attack and find it almost impossible to recover. The reason is because many are in the business of whatever they are doing, not really focused on protecting what they have built through cyber security controls. In this case a simple off line (or cloud) back up of their customer database, the “crown jewel” to those that are in the field, would have kept them in business.
SMBs need to also pay attention to what is happening from a cyber threat perspective, because criminals don't care if they get $1000 from one big company, or $100 from 10 SMBs, the end result is the same.