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A ransomware virus called WannaCry has spread across the globe like a wildfire over the weekend, and is rapidly spreading across the headlines as increasingly more businesses report that they’ve been hacked.
The term “unprecedented” continues to resurface in reference to large cyber attacks of the past few years. There was the Yahoo!, Inc. hack, the Office of Personnel Management’s astounding lack of protection and the Heartbleed bug, to name a few. But the WannaCry attack — at more than 10,000 organizations and 200,000 individuals across 150 countries since Friday, May 12 — has earned its own mention of “unprecedented.”
The bug has hit enterprises from England’s National Health Service to Spanish telecom Telefonica to U.S. delivery service FedEx. And while a 22-year-old professional going by the name of MalwareTech found a way to stop the bleeding (by registering a domain name found in the malicious code), he said a version that would fix the vulnerability was likely on the way.
While organizations are scrambling to figure out how to deal with the current iteration of this ransomware, they’re also wondering what they can do to fortify their defenses against the likes of WannaCry.
We have a few suggestions:
- Do a malware analysis: Malware can often lurk in your systems undetected long before it strikes. You may be surprised at how much an analysis can turn up, and the best programs will prioritize results to help you deal with what’s most critical to your systems.
- Consider managed security: Internal resources for continuous monitoring and real-time response can be limited, especially for smaller companies. Managed security fills this gap, providing you with access to state-of-the-art security operations 24/7.
- Get pen tested regularly: Today’s advanced viruses often won’t show up on canned vulnerability scans. You need the support of experienced hacking professionals to outpace the cybercriminals.
Lunarline offers a full suite of consulting services and security products that can help you prepare for the next WannaCry and keep ransomware from damaging your business. For more information on how we can help, contact one of our experts today.