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Ransomware threatens SMEs…

According to researches, SME-scale companies account for more than 90% of enterprises in Turkey. SMEs, which provide a significant part of employment and are of great importance in the economy, unfortunately, are not developing enough defenses against cyberattacks; They’re losing jobs and money.

ESET Turkey Sales Manager Asim Akbal is at the root of the problems experienced by lack of resources and personnel, SMElimited budgets and lack of experience in the face of attacks. Akbal shared his assessments and suggestions on what can be done, saying that ransomware and zero-day attacks are among the most common problems faced by SMEs.

It’s important to use limited resources efficiently and accurately

As SMEs’ share of the economy increases, so do the areas of risk and threat. Today, cyber threats and the number of companies exposed to these threats are increasing day by day. It is a must-have spending item in the resource budgets that SMEs have set aside to get both cybersecurity and software to help them do their job. It is as important to get the right and good product and service as it is to determine the need correctly. Here, businesses should research the companies that will support the products they offer first, and the level of experience and knowledge of these companies.

It’s important to get technical support

Akbal shared that companies can save resources by working with companies that can provide good technical support;

SMEs should work with companies that really know their business and believe they can chart a path towards them. They should then try and test the solutions they intend to receive in their own systems, live demo environments for a certain period of time. As a result of all the eliminations, they should do the price comparison with their counterpart products and services, otherwise they may have purchased software that does not perform its function, worked with companies or individuals, and suffered serious losses as a result.

What solutions can SMEs turn to

As a result of all this evaluation, SMEs should use indispensable solutions within their systems. Every computer must have an Endpoint solution, sandbox product should be used. MFA (multi-factor authentication) solutions should be preferred if they connect to the system by connecting from outside the company (remotely).

The most commonly used method for remote connection is RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). In 2020, RDP attacks on Turkish companies increased by 571%. Brute-force attacks on Turkish companies were reported at 609 million units. 14,500 companies targeted. In short, even these three solutions alone will minimize malicious interference with the system.

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