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Lessons Learnt From The Recent Cyber-Attack

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This week we saw a cyber-attack on a Global scale that brought many companies' systems to a standstill.

"Ransomware" targeted a range of vulnerable systems across 150 Countries. This malicious type of malware took over user’s files and locked them out until a ransom was paid. This type of malware threatens to delete files within seven days if no payment is made. This attack hit an assortment of companies including the NHS. It is estimated that so far, more than 200,000 computers have been affected.

It was reported that those companies affected by the ransomware had been running Windows operating systems without the latest updates installed putting their system at high risk. Microsoft had previously offered a free fix two months before the cyber-attack, however many failed to carry out this update.

Claiming this cyber-attack was a "wake-up" call, Microsoft outlined, "as Cyber Criminals become more sophisticated, there is simply no way for customers to protect themselves against threats unless they update their systems".

The recent cyber-attack has once again raised concerns over cyber-security and certainly draws attention to what companies can do digitally to protect their data.

In response to this, we have put together some general advice:

- Make sure your system is running on the latest updates

- Regularly back up your data so you can restore files with ease

- Be wary when opening and clicking on suspicious looking emails or programs

- Use an up to date fire-wall and anti-virus software

- Update passwords regularly

- Use encrypted password protectors to protect your passwords, tools such as Keepass which keep your passwords encoded

Above are a number of ways in which you can keep your systems safe, take a proactive approach and have a response plan in place so you have a clear and defined plan if any cyber-attacks were to happen. It is equally important to educate your staff on what to do if this is to arise.

Along with the above, we would also recommend you look into the type of server your website and data are stored on to enable another layer of security.

If you would like to discuss in more detail the ways in which you can keep your business secure in the cyber world, please get touch today on: 01159 722 050, we’d love to hear from you!


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