Worried about the WannaCry virus? Don’t let the cost of upgrading your online security reduce you to tears, says ValueLicensing
Cyberattacks and data breaches are two of the greatest concerns for modern businesses – but making sure your business has access to greater security needn’t cost the earth, according to one expert.
The WannaCry ransomware cyberattacks that affected the NHS and other organisations across the world shows that it’s not just SMEs which are under threat. What’s more, the very nature of cybercrime means safeguarding against attack is incredibly hard to plan for.
However, says David Hubbard, deputy managing director of ValueLicensing, which specialises in the identification and resale of Pre-owned Microsoft Volume Licences, upgrading security doesn’t have to be as costly as the media has portrayed it this weekend.He said: “The recent WannaCry ransomware attack on businesses follows reports that online incidents now report for half of all reported crime.
“While cybercrime can be devastating for a business, it’s understandable given the media attention that some company owners delay their investment in securing their systems as they simply think it too expensive. This is the costly mistake the NHS – and so many organisations – have made.
“However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Windows 7/8.1/10 Enterprise Operating Systems and Windows server 2008/2012R2/2016 have additional security features and can keep your PCs and data safe by making them more resistant to all forms of malware, including those that use phishing attacks and rootkits.
Cybercrime cost UK businesses £29bn in 2016, with 2.9 million British businesses being affected in some way. ValueLicensing is urging companies of all sizes who don’t want to become part of this statistic to get in touch.
David added: “ValueLicensing can offer low-cost solutions for Systems still running Windows XP/Vista to Windows 7/8.1/10 and Windows Server 2003 to 2008/2012R2/2016. It is essential that companies have Operating Systems installed that continue to receive support from Microsoft, therefore reducing the risk of further attacks.
“What’s more, installing this software means that businesses won’t have to make costly investments in complementary hardware, which is what puts so many business owners off upgrading their security.Pre-owned licenses offer 35% to 70% savings as compared to buying new licences through traditional vendors.
“I’d urge any business owner who is worried about this weekend’s cyberattack to consider pre-owned licenses as a cost-efficient and secure solution.
ValueLicensing is a registered Microsoft Partner and Reseller.