We speak to ITProPortal on how to defend an organisation from a ransomware attack, and other kinds of cyber-attack, and why they should be the first priority in an era where data has become the oil.
On 12th May 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack spread rapidly and affected at least 150 countries worldwide. Companies and public sector organisations fell foul of it. For example, at least 40 of the UK’s National Health Service hospital trusts were hit, leading to a multitude of medical appointments and treatment being cancelled. The cyber-attack also hit German train stations, throwing Germany’s railway network Deutsche Bahn into utter chaos.
“Backup strategies are crucial. Lots of money is at stake on both sides if ransomware becomes back-up aware. Solutions like PORTrockIT can enable encrypted data back-ups at distance while mitigating the effects of latency and reducing packet loss, protecting your data.”
– David Trossell, CEO Bridgeworks, LTD
The UK government didn’t face criticism alone. Microsoft attacked the US government for developing tools to exploit the computer vulnerability in the first place. The Telegraph reported on 15th May 2017 in an article by James Titcomb, that Microsoft’s Brad Smith – the corporation’s president and chief legal officer – said: “The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call.”
The article, entitled ‘Microsoft slams US government over global cyber attack’, says the company was only able to issue a security update in March 2017 to fix the flaw in its software after the vulnerability used in the ransomware attack was stolen from the NSA. The trouble is that many organisations hadn’t installed the software patch to fix the vulnerability before the WannaCry attack occurred.