It’s unknown exactly how many devices were infected with absolute certainty, as hackers wreaked havoc on over 1 million devices and demanded $70M as a ransom. This type of breach targeting companies through their IT providers is becoming more commonplace. DS Tech’s customers have been completely unaffected by any of these major network compromises.
For years, DS Tech has remained ahead of the curve and protected its customers by foreseeing potential threats and rectifying them long before they reach their customers’ businesses. In fact, it's a central aspect of their business philosophy. Eric Wakkuri, President of DS Tech stated, “We’ve been preaching the merits of cybersecurity for years due to similar attacks happening all over the world. This is exactly why we’ve been making the right investments in the right technologies to keep our customers protected from these types of events. Business owners need to understand that when they hire an IT company, their provider not only needs to install, deploy and maintain the technology properly, but they should also be sophisticated enough to educate them on the significance of cybersecurity in the modern era. Modern advances have shifted cybersecurity from being a cost-prohibitive, corporate luxury to a financially sound benefit for any business that wishes to eliminate this risk from their future. Business owners need to start anticipating issues like this, so that they can keep their organizations, employees, and futures, secure.”
DS Tech takes extreme care in protecting its customers from breaches and utilizes an array of cybersecurity solutions to fortify its network and protects each customer’s IT network using the exact same methods they use internally. In other words, SMBs that are working with true MTSPs, like DS Tech, essentially have a 24/7/365 team of dedicated cybersecurity professionals available who are constantly innovating solutions that prevent any disruptions from occurring. A central principle behind any effective cybersecurity defense strategy is to use a layered approach so that hackers must overcome obstacle after obstacle before the potential of causing any harm.
While the true damage done from the Kaseya breach remains to be seen, SMBs must take the initiative to make the necessary preventative steps to secure their organizations from being affected in the future. While these supply-chain-oriented attacks are likely to continue, this doesn’t mean that businesses are defenseless. Quite the contrary, as Wakkuri concluded, “In the case of cybersecurity, the old adage, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is quite appropriate.”