Employers often store sensitive and confidential health and safety information about their staff, so it’s essential their IT system is protected from hackers, says Laura Gillespie.

Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent. While recent headlines may have highlighted “big business” being attacked, cyber criminals are indiscriminate in the size of organisation they target.

Ransomware attacks occur when cyber criminals gain access to an IT system, often through a “back door” or simply by someone clicking on a phishing link in an email. They navigate through the system, infecting it with malware, before striking and encrypting the entire system. This can paralyse a business unless adequate backups are in place. Not only is business continuity affected, but the information on the IT system can be exploited.

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