Security Advisory, Ransomware (wannacry)

You will no doubt be aware of the recent ransomware attack that has affected many large organisations around the world, including the NHS here in the UK.

Security Advisory, Ransomware (wannacry)

With security a paramount concern at present, we wanted to remind you to practice caution when reading email and browsing the internet, and never to open attachments or click on links from unknown senders.

There are steps you can take to minimise the threat of ransomware, these include ensuring your computers are patched with the latest Microsoft Security Updates (which prevent the spread of infection) and monitoring your anti-virus and backup solutions as normal. However, it’s important to note that even with sophisticated security solutions in place, an effective preventative is to ensure employees follow the guidelines below:

What action should I take?

We recommend that all employees should be encouraged to practice safe computing use:

– Be vigilant with email, especially from unknown senders or those with attachments. Do not click on links or open attachments contained within suspicious email

– Do not browse unsafe websites and be particularly cautious navigating links in unfamiliar websites

– In the event that your computer is compromised (e.g. you receive a notification that your files are being encrypted),  immediately shut down the computer and seek advice from an IT professional.

As a matter of course, we also recommend that you train employees on internet threats, some useful links can be found below.

Further information

Cyber Streetwise, home and business advice
Government cyber security training for business.

Breakwater’s security solutions

If you are interested in finding out more about the most effective security solutions for your organisation, you might find it helpful to read about our Backup & Disaster Recovery Solutions or get in touch and we can talk you through the options available.

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