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We live in a time that sees businesses stockpiling cryptocurrencies to pay ransoms as they start to view ransomware as a cost of doing business. Research shows us that 70% of businesses paid ransomware demands in 2016. That is unsustainable and its sense of wider responsibility to all is debatable. Add to that the fact that paying this ransom doesn’t guarantee you are going to get your data or system back. Because this is not a business transaction, no matter how nice the ‘customer’ interface is – you’re dealing with criminals not business partners.


Rather than accepting the inevitable, and putting crypto cash aside to pay these nefarious individuals and groups to get even better, perhaps organisations could start to invest that cash into greater defence and resilience. In the physical world, there are many things that the FM


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profession can learn to enhance their ability to resist and deter such attacks. Look closely at your connected systems, understand what else they are connected to and fully assess them to identify their security posture and inherent weaknesses that make them vulnerable to attack. And, if your suppliers cannot provide you with security patches then ask yourself are you still prepared to proceed with the risk of having these systems connected to the outside world.


Finally, collaboration is the biggest key to success. By working together with peers and physical and cyber security teams within your organisation, there is a chance of beating this growing threat. But unless we act then it is a matter of when, not if, your systems and building will be hit.


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