Suffolk County’s computer systems were the latest victims of cyber attacks that are becoming increasingly common among local governments and private businesses. On September 8th, 2022, Suffolk County information technology officials noticed unusual computer coding and alerted the county to take down its systems.
Four days later, they are still down, and county officials can’t confirm if any data has been breached. Not only will it take time to find out what sensitive, confidential, or financial information has been compromised, but the current shutdown of the government’s systems makes the everyday operations of Suffolk County, New York exceptionally challenging.
It’s a Matter of When, Not If
The threat of a cyber-attack is real and constant. In the same week, Los Angeles Unified School District was a victim of Ransomware, prompting them to shut down its computer systems out of an abundance of caution. Cities, towns, schools, and small businesses are being targeted more because many are not protected by comprehensive professional cybersecurity.
All of the information in your computer network systems are priceless. Hackers will sell stolen data to business competitors looking for an edge or nefarious individuals for even worse reasons on the dark web. Not only that, but they can also completely lock you out of the entire system and network. This will leave you and your vital operations at their mercy until you pay a ransom.
Consider This the Last Warning Sign You Need
The cost of outsourcing your cyber security needs to a professional company is worth the expense. You need their expertise on how to protect and resolve threats versus the unknown expenses of getting attacked or held for ransom.
TCI Technologies offers cyber security solutions. Reach out today to learn how we can help you avoid a devastating cyber attack.