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Is Your Business at Risk? Global Ransomware Attacks

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Following the recent wave of ransomware attacks affecting thousands of organisations globally, the NCSC released a statement on what happened and what organisations and individuals should do to protect themselves against ransomware attacks.

“Since the global coordinated ransomware attack on thousands of private and public sector organisations across dozens of countries on Friday, there have been no sustained new attacks of that kind.  But it is important to understand that the way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections from the malware can spread within networks.

This means that as a new working week begins it is likely, in the UK and elsewhere, that further cases of ransomware may come to light, possibly at a significant scale.”

The NCSC recommends the following simple steps for organisations to protect themselves from ransomware:

  1. Keep your organisation’s security software patches up to date
  2. Use proper antivirus software services
  3. Most importantly for ransomware, back up the data that matters to you, because you can’t be held to ransom for data you hold somewhere else.

These attacks and the potential for more attacks re-emphasise the need for all businesses – from public to private and SMEs to large corporations – to ensure that their networks and the data they store and process are safeguarded against future attacks and that security systems in place are regularly updated.

As the introduction of GDPR is 12 months away, it will soon be financially irresponsible for businesses to not be prepared. If you don’t want to be caught with a fine equivalent to 4% of your global turnover or €20 million, find out more about GDPR below.