Tens of thousands of words have been written about the "WannaCry" ransomware attack on computers and computer servers all across the world. Below is a summary of what occurred. Fortunately for Computing Center cients, no one got hit. We are very diligent about keeping Microsoft and other operating systems fully patched and up-to-date. Additionally, the perimeter security systems that we deploy kept the expoit from even reaching many networks.
But this is not over. The next exploit could be far more difficult to detect and recover from. We continue to caution all our clients on the basic three steps that every business and organization must take to protect its computer systems:
vigilant in securing your systems, including running all patches and updates promptly.
- A reliable backup and disaster recovery solution remains the best and most effective defense against ransomware attacks. If you are hit with ransomware, restoring your system and data from fresh backups is the only way to recover without paying the ransom.
- And finally, people should be cautious when opening emails and attachments (particularly executable files and zipped files). Employees can greatly benefit from IT security awareness training on how to recognize threats and suspicious activity.
The old adage: "If it sounds too good to be true it isn't!" goes for social media too! Scammers are using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to dupe the unsuspecting.