Over the past year there have been some very high profile cyber attacks on organisations in the UK, the most infamous being that which infected the NHS in May 2017.
It is not thought that this attack was originally targeted at the NHS, in fact most cyber attacks are random, exploiting email systems and insecure networks wherever they can be found. Therefore you should not think that smaller organisations fall under the threat radar. In fact the risk of cyber attack is growing and far reaching.
Many of these threats are known as ransomware attacks where your data, whether it be the files on your PC or your customer database on the server are encrypted, and a ransom, usually in Bitcoin, is demanded before you are given access again.
Key to the recovery from these attacks is a good backup procedure and a disaster recovery plan. However, very few businesses have either and even more have never tested their backup system. In these cases, you may have to engage with criminals with little hope of ever getting your data back.