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WannaCry Ransomware – So what now?

17th May 2017
WannaCry Ransomware – So what now?

As the dust settles on Friday’s WannaCry Ransomware attack, and companies across the globe try to clean up the mess and learn from what happened, it’s
important to try and make sense of the situation.

We were at a well-known Vendor’s Partner Day a couple of weeks ago, and they were talking about GDPR and how this should be seen as an opportunity
for IT teams, rather than a hindrance. What they mean by this is that, GDPR, because of the associated fines, is finally pushing Data Protection
up the list of priorities for Boards of Directors.

The WannaCry Ransomware that caused such havoc on Friday, should be viewed in much the same way. All of a sudden, Ransomware, which has pretty much
been the talk of IT Security Teams for the best part of 18+ Months, is now the talk of the Boardroom.

The WannaCry Ransomware figures are truly astonishing and scary in equal measure. There were more than 45,000 attacks, across approximately 100 countries
according to ITB partner KasperskyLab, whilst Avast saw 55,000 attacks in 99 countries.

The sheer scale of the attack, and the fact that it hit such a critical service in the NHS meant that Ransomware has gained international coverage
from the likes of the BBC and Sky, meaning almost everybody has sat up and took notice now, rather than a select few in the business of IT.

This presents an opportunity for IT teams to finally get the funding they have craved for a long time. Whether they use this to boost their SOC teams,
invest in new technology or upgrading their systems, remains to be seen, however the fact of the matter is there hasn’t been a better time for
IT to request funding for Data Protection and Cyber Security initiatives.

This opportunity won’t be around forever though, well we hope anyway.

We have key partnerships with KasperskyMcAfee and Barracuda who all offer protection against emerging zero-day threats.

McAfee offer Adaptive Threat Protection which uses Dynamic Application Containment for
sandboxing suspicious applications.

Kaspersky offer System Watcher which is behavioural analysis and rollback which will stop ransomware in its track and roll back any encrypted files.

Barracuda offer Advanced Threat Protection on their Next-Gen firewalls and Email Security Platforms which sandbox suspicious applications before they reach your endpoints.