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First Wannacry, now Petya. While we certainly live in uncertain times, one thing we can be sure of is that cyber attacks now represent one of the leading threats facing businesses today.
The so-called Petya attack, which made headlines around the world, was a ransomware attack just like the Wannacry. Affecting organisations in the US and Europe, the cyber attack spread through a number of large companies, including advertising agency WPP and Maersk, the Danish shipping firm, with PCs being ‘locked’ and held for ransom.
At best, ransomware attacks take computers offline for a few hours before the problem is fixed. At worst, they completely disrupt a company’s operations, affecting reputation, profit and a whole lot more.
With ransomware now a real and growing threat, the team at Vuzion have put together this guide to helping you and your customers protecting against cyber attacks.
Ransomware attacks are typically executed via email. Once a link has been clicked or a message opened, the virus spreads like wildfire. So an essential first step is to protect email. Vuzion can help you and your customers select the most appropriate solution to protect against advanced email threats.
Some cyber attacks exploit vulnerabilities in company computer systems. Often, these vulnerabilities are because a business has not updated its IT systems. Providers like Microsoft release patch updates regularly and also issue special releases in the wake of attacks. So, it’s vital to keep systems topped up and on the pulse.
Ransomware attacks often spread because employees don’t know they are falling victim. Good cyber security knowledge is key here. If staff are trained to spot emails that could be ransomware or another form of cyber crime, they are more likely to leave it alone and tell IT about it. Training staff is a good first line of defence.
If a ransomware attack does happen, businesses can at least make sure that any important information - be it sensitive, financial or business-critical - is protected by backing it up. There should also be put in place a business continuity plan - this details how the business will keep operating even in the event of a cyber attack, allowing the organisation to respond efficiently and calmly.
Vuzion can help you in supporting your customers to make the right decisions and enabling the appropriate solutions to stay protected.
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