Ransomware: Are you protected?

Friday’s global ransomware cyber attack rapidly affected hundreds of thousands of organisations and individuals across 150 countries.

Victims, including the NHS, were locked out of their computers and ordered to pay a ransom in order to regain access the files.

The downtime caused by this attack has lead to inhibited operations, lost revenue and damaged reputations.  Affected organisations have been racing to restore their latest system back ups or have resorted to paying the ransom.

In a statement, the National Cyber Security Centre said that ransomware is “some of the most immediately damaging forms of cyber-attack” and that whilst no evidence existed at present, attacks of this type and on this scale could happen again at anytime.

Key Steps you can take to protect your organisation from ramsomware attack

  • Keep your organisation’s security software patches up to date.

 

  • Use quality anti-virus software services.

 

  • Have a robust and frequent data back up strategy the data that matters to you. You can’t be held to ransom for data you hold somewhere else.

 

  • Educate your employees about ransomware and it’s dangers. Ensure they question opening unexpected or suspicious attachments.

 

  • Limit account administration privileges to those who really need it.

 

If you are concerned about the impact ransomware could have on your organisation, we can help you put the right strategies in place to maximise your defences against future attack.

As part of our comprehensive range of cyber services, we can provide you with Cyber Essentials certification.  This will enable you to demonstrate to your customers and other key stakeholders that you have robust processes and proceedures in place to protect your information from cyber attack.

Contact us today for a confidential discussion with one of our cyber experts.