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Global Ransomware Attack – Are You Protected from the Next One?

Posted on May 15, 2017 by

On May 12, 2017, a global ransomware attack named WannaCry impacted businesses, governments and individuals in more than 150 countries.  Luckily the damage it could have caused was limited with quick thinking by an IT pro.

Ransomware is malicious software that blocks data owners from accessing their own systems and data.  Once criminals have control of a person’s or organization’s systems and data, they demand payment to return them.

Trend Micro’s “2016 Security Roundup: A Record Year for Enterprise Threats” report found that cyber threats grew by 752 percent in 2016, with ransomware and Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams leading the charge, resulting in $1 billion in losses for organizations worldwide.

Here are some ways you can protect yourself and your organization from ransomware

  • Install and maintain antivirus software on servers and computers
  • Ensure server patches are up-to-date and that you have processes updated in a timely manner
  • Implement strong and effective password controls
  • Establish effective online and website controls, including pop-up blockers and preventative controls for downloading software
  • Restrict the ability to open email attachments, and ensure that all attachments are scanned and properly handled
  • Conduct regular system back-ups and store the backed-up data offline
  • Ensure that data is properly classified and protect it accordingly
  • Perform periodic IT risk assessments to evaluate the IT environment, identify gaps and risks, and develop and implement remediation controls

Berkowitz Pollack Brant’s consulting group includes information-technology experts who have experience in establishing and implementing safety protocols, conducting IT risk assessments and advising on protection measures. Please contact Sean Chari or Steve Nouss at (954) 712-7000 if our team can be of assistance.

 

 

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