WannaCry Malware Attack – avoid being a victim

Okay, so large parts of the UK workforce were heading home for the weekend as Friday’s attack was unfolding.

What’s going to happen on Monday morning?

As media coverage continues to explore this story over the weekend and reports come in from across the globe of other organisations, Telefonica, FedEx and Renault have been affected as well, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been issuing advice to organisations and companies as to how to protect themselves.

In this first instance, the advice from Millbridge Cyber Security is to apply the NCSC advice.  But if you don’t have the technical know-how or resource capacity within your own organisation to do this, then please give us a call and we will endeavor to advise and help as best possible.

Looking a little further forward than next week, this attack provides a timely wake-up call.  The UK’s Secretary of State for Health was reputedly warned about vulnerabilities in the NHS’s systems, but for whatever reason failed to act.  It is likely however, that the costs of following that advice and mitigating the risk from cyber attack will be dwarfed by the costs of this attack and rectifying previous inaction and unheeded warnings?

How many panicked conversations will there be on Monday as the senior leadership of businesses across the UK seek assurances from their CIOs or IT providers that they won’t similarly be caught out?

How does your organisations (cyber) security strategy seek to protect your business from cyber crime, one of the fastest growing areas of global criminality?  Does your business even have a (cyber) security strategy?

If you want reassurance that what you have in place is fit for purpose?  Or in a private moment would concede this is not something your business has given due attention to thus far, perhaps that should now change?  If you want some expert input, please do get in touch?
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