May 24th, 2017 by admin
On May 12th, the WannaCry/WCry 2.0 ransomware software infected thousands of computers, taking data hostage and demanding bitcoins to release it. The attacks spread across the globe, taking advantage of a Microsoft Windows vulnerability. Users with older laptops and desktops were especially at risk, as older models don't always have access to the vital security updates and patches from Windows. If you are protected by enterprise-level security solutions, it is very important that you talk to your provider for more information on how they are protecting you from these threats.
Business Phones Direct recommends that everyone quickly back up their data and encrypt the sensitive elements pertaining to patients, financial information, etc. Instruct your staff to be cautious of suspicious emails and attachments - don't open every zip file that you receive. You should also check whether there are Windows updates that still need to be manually installed. Only then can your machine take advantage of patches that combat the vulnerabilities.
As part of our Managed IT services, we can assess your system to determine whether your network is protected from these kinds of cyber attacks. Don't wait until the next wave of attacks, learn more about cyber security protections for your business data and network.