Further Global Ransomware Attacks Cause Turmoil
As I’m sure you are all aware, a series of severe cyber attacks have been unfolding globally over the last 24 hours.
Many companies are reporting to have been hit by a major Ransomware attack, the second incident of this nature in the last few months, and are being forced to pay out thousands to regain access to essential data and IT networks.
Experts are suggesting that the attack (which has been identified as a variant of the Petya virus, also known as ‘GoldenEye’) is taking advantage of the same weaknesses that were exploited by the Wanna-cry virus earlier this year that shutdown NHS services in May.
It is not yet clear who is behind the attack and what the extent of the damage will be when the incident is over, so we are urging businesses to be vigilant and to take steps to protect themselves to slow down the progress of the attacks.
What should you do?
It is important that businesses take actions now to protect themselves from ransomware. The more those responsible succeed and see that cybercrime can be a profitable endeavour, the more we are likely to see the quantity and severity of attacks like these to increase.
- Firstly, you should deploy anti-ransomware software on your IT Network. Sophos Intercept X and other defences such as Cryptoguard and Sandstorm work in the background of your system to block ransomware attacks before they have a chance to infect and lock your systems.
- Secondly, we urge you to educate your staff on cybercrime and test their knowledge on the subject using programs such as Phish Threat, also provided by Sophos. Teaching your staff about how they can protect your business by deleting suspicious emails and ignoring dubious links is a solid line of defence against criminals.
- Finally, ensure that your security network has been reviewed and is up to scratch. This is a complicated topic that, by it’s nature, is constantly evolving and developing. Employ the knowledge of an expert to ensure you’re properly protected.
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If you have any concerns or questions you should contact us immediately to discuss protecting your business and immediately action any of the steps mentioned above to ensure your cyber defences are properly installed.
In response to this attack and due to the severity of the GoldenEye virus we will be offering a free consultation where our experts can review the state of your security framework and have an honest discussion about whether you’re likely to fall victim to the attack and what you can do to prevent your business from being targeted.