Why Should I Care About Ransomware? - HDUK

How To Secure Your Data, UK Legal Practices

Nobody likes losing things.

Do you know which item we lose the most often? Read on to find out.

On average, we spend five minutes looking for lost items before giving up, or finding something else we thought we had lost!

We tend to lose things because we are tired, distracted or too busy. This happens not only in our personal life, but also in business.

When it comes to your business, the threat of losing your data can keep you awake at night. Your clients trust you with both their sensitive personal and business information – breaches are incredibly stressful, and can be costly both financially and for your reputation.


You have heard the phrase Ransomware?

It’s always on the news – ‘A-another big corporation has been hacked and lost all of its customer’s data’, a large fine for the corporate business follows.

Ransomware is also attacking smaller businesses like yours.

Ransomware attacks

Small businesses like yours are at risk.

Year on year the figures increase and it’s not going to go away.

These cyber attacks are no longer reserved for multi-million-pound organisations. Cyber-attacks on small businesses can prove to be costly.

It will hurt your bank balance.

Years of hard work building a fantastic reputation will be destroyed in an instant.

Ransomware is a particularly nasty crime because so many of us are now home-working. Away from the office with no fire-wall, people become easy prey to cybercriminals.

The pandemic and technology have changed working practices. We’re now more flexible and comfortable working from remote locations.

Our research at HDUK shows that in the financial and legal sectors, remote working via hosted solutions has increased dramatically.

The good news is that productivity has also increased – employees are getting to grips with their work-life balance.

So what exactly is Ransomware, you might ask?

It is malware that in 92% of cases comes in the form of an email attachment.

It typically goes like this – a busy remote worker opens a genuine looking attachment, and just like that, the criminals are in.

It enables cybercriminals to then steal all your business data. Client information, financial data and staff details can all be extracted.

The criminals then ask for a ransom (sum of money) hence the name Ransomware. If you don’t pay, the criminals can block any access to your I.T systems.

Cybercriminals don’t need to be an I.T. expert, it’s very easy for them to get all the tools they need from the dark web.

Please take a minute to read the results of this  GOV.UK survey published in 2020 – the findings make for unpleasant reading, but serve as a stark warning.


The big takeaway is the financial demands are painful and can break a business. It is far less expensive and far easier to avoid being a victim in the first place.

Their approach is to steal your high-value data for financial gain and at HDUK, we aim to stop them.

At HDUK we work with many businesses in the legal and financial sectors. We deliver protection and ensure safety, so you can get on with running your practice and rest in the knowledge that your business critical data is being protected.

HDUK can neutralise the threat of Ransomware so you don’t lose what’s important to you. We make it easy and affordable to combat cyber dangers, giving you a competitive edge.


At the beginning of this article, I asked you what our most commonly lost items were, and without further ado here is the top five:

  • Car and house keys
  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • Remote control
  • Glasses

No real surprises there!

To discover how your business can become more dynamic and secure, call our friendly team of cloud IT experts today on 01883 333155 or chat with us via our online chat on our website.

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