Cyber-attacks on small businesses: how to avoid data loss

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Have you ever thought about how much information a company creates every minute? Many jobs include working with data online using applications or a program. In a World where people produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data online per day, the most important rule is information security. Hackers pose cyber threats to any type of business, no matter how big they are. While we are browsing on the Internet they can steal vital data, just like in the offline world a thief can steal our computer.

Hacker Attacks to SMEs: the statistics

Many people think that Cyber attacks can happen only to big corporations and government institutions. That’s why they skip even general rules of information hygiene and expose their businesses to big risks. Healthcare, military or public organizations are indeed more prone to be in the sight of hackers. We saw this situation during the Coronavirus Pandemic, when the number of Cyberattacks increased by 600%.

However, statistics show that often hackers choose their “victims” among small and medium businesses. Accenture’s Cost of Cybercrime Study shows that 43% of Cyber-attacks are aimed at SMEs. That’s why more and more solutions have begun to appear, aiming at helping companies facing this challenge through cloud-based backup services. It is one of the most effective ways to save or even recover your data after a hacker attack without wasting huge economic resources. Usually, hackers attack a business resource or application to get a database or steal sensitive business information. They can act in different ways: sending a phishing email, using a particular automated program or even using unreliable passwords to get access to private information. After that, hackers often blackmailed companies to get money from them. For this reason, a cloud backup solution that can help you restore your data immediately, is essential.


How to manage a hacker attack

So, how to manage these consequences? Besides creating effective communication plans for customers or users, it is essential that a business continuity plan is carried out promptly and that the secure cloud backup solutions implemented are adopted soon after.

Companies should react quickly to restore data or files, minimizing side effects on customers and business processes. When choosing a backup as a service, you should check and ask for specific functionalities, such as:

  • Unlimited versioning. You can save your data as much as you need without being charged for the number of versions stored. Small and medium enterprises and startups grow fast together with the number of files they generate, so it is important to rely on highly flexible platforms that can also manage growing numbers of data. Also thanks to the versioning system, companies can always retrieve old versions of each file saved, even after cyber attacks. Babylon Cloud, for example, guarantees unlimited file versioning and the possibility to pair and backup as many devices as you need, regardless of the number of versions you need to store every day. So, each company device and business data are always safely backed up in the cloud and available
  • Automatic cloud backup. You can configure and schedule backups easily without worrying about saving files. For example, for businesses which work with many files during the day, it is important not to lose any of this information. Automatic backup policies can be used, guaranteeing that each file change is stored either in real-time or at a predefined time and date in the cloud. Alternatively, in the case of a file which is usually updated at a specific date in the month (such as reporting or documentation for the government organizations), you can always set automatic backups that will start on the time/date scheduled in advance. Babylon Cloud not only allows that, but it also enables deeper customization for each folder
  • Cloud backup and recovery. Imagine your company hit by a Cyber Attack. The company should react quickly: change the password, restrict access to the most sensitive information, and of course, recover files. Babylon Cloud solution allows users to restore entire devices, folders or single files in three simple clicks by navigating back in time, even a few minutes before the virus hits, to download the most recent version saved to the cloud.


To sum it up, it doesn’t matter how large or small your company is; you can become a victim of hackers. Nevertheless, the best way to save your money and keep your nerves is to be prepared. Using cloud services, which help you store your files every day, you will spend less time and resources than you would if you had to recover your data after a cyberattack without any preventive security means.