What Can You Learn from Wannacry Attacks?

Wannacry ransomware, the biggest cyber attack, began last week. It rapidly spread, reaching 200,000 machines in over 150 countries! It has worm-like capabilities leaving Microsoft Windows operating systems vulnerable.

As we have seen before, ransomware involves someone taking something of value to you and holding it ransom, claiming if you don’t pay, you won’t get it back. In this case, the victims were told their information was being held ransom until they pay $300-$600 via Bitcoin.

We know the thoughts that come to mind when threats like this come to play.. What could we have done to prevent this? With Vertical Solutions on your side, you can rest assured that we will respond effectively and keep you protected. However, there are more than just technical ways to keep yourself safe from attacks like these.

  1. Raise user awareness. More often than you think, these cyber criminals don’t need to “break in” in fact, there is usually a door just left open for them. People don’t change their passwords or they click on links that contain malware. Raising awareness can allow your employees to make more educated decisions and use secure best practices.
  2. Keep your systems current. Failure to patch, update and upgrade (especially away from unsupported operating systems) can, at the very least, cause irreversible damage. Or worse, it can put public safety at risk.
  3. Backup your Data. Not being able to retrieve lost data can be devastating to an organization. It is crucial to have means in place to ensure data is backed up appropriately.
  4. Perform Continuity Planning. A critical step to construct strength against these attacks is to have a plan for the inevitable disturbance. Major incidents like this recent ransomware show that many businesses and organizations haven’t spent much time planning for a potential disaster. Having a plan can’t turn disaster into something fun, but it at least will allow you to recover more quickly and efficiently.

One of the most important things to do is NOT pay the ransom if you fall victim to these threats. That won’t necessarily get your data back, but it will ensure that these types of threats continue due to it showing success in their tactics.

If you do not have a solution in place to prepare for such a disaster, reach out to our team to learn more about our Managed Service and Cloud Solutions, designed to keep your company productive and secure.

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