Will WannaCry be the one that catches your biz unprepared?

WannaCry Ransomware

If you haven’t heard about the global WannaCry Ransomware attack that has hit over 150 countries over the weekend, then you truly haven’t been paying attention. Originating in the healthcare system of the UK, taking down Spain’s telecommunications, disrupting Germany’s transportation system – this is bad one, folks. And sadly, the WannaCry attack is not going away anytime soon, although experts are working on a new way to block it.

The two biggest reasons a business may become infected with the WannaCry Ransomware are:

  • At least one Windows workstation is behind on its Microsoft security patches. How does your company manage your Windows updates? If these are not automated, are you sure that EVERYONE on your staff ALWAYS updates when them when the Update Pop-up appears, or do they often hit “X” because they are too busy to be bothered?
  • Someone at that workstation clicked a link or attachment in a phishing email that downloaded the malware, which then began spreading through the company’s entire network. Have you sufficiently trained your staff on the 9 ways to identify Phishing and Spear Phishing emails and are you running continued awareness programs?

NoWorriesIT has been in the IT management business for over 18 years and we’ve seen plenty. We are passionate about educating small businesses and non-profits so that they are as secure as possible when breaches occur. But to be honest, many business owners push back or offer excuses about using a proactive approach to managing their technology. Here’s what we see and hear:

  • “We use our office manager (or some staff member) to double as our tech person.” But when our engineer does a free IT Review, he sees that security patches are out of date and other network security issues are pending!
  • “We only use a computer guy when there’s a problem. It’s cheaper that way.” But it really isn’t cheaper. If you wait until you get the Ransomware and you don’t have a working backup; you may not be able to restore your data at all!
  • “The bad guys won’t come after a small business like ours.” But please understand, there is no discrimination in the world of cybercrime, because these are automated attacks that only look for vulnerabilities (unpatched machines) and untrained staff who click on phishing emails.
  • “We have a backup so we’re safe.” But when was the last time you tested your backup? I can’t tell you the number of times our engineers have done our free IT Review and have had to tell a prospect that the backup they thought was working hadn’t been backing up for months!

This WannaCry Ransomware attack is huge. Don’t let this attack be the one that catches your company unprepared.

NoWorriesIT management plans include automated security updates, backup and disaster recovery plans, new generation strategies to reduce the risk of cyberattacks (Ask us about Sentinel One and their $1 million guarantee) and an optional Staff Training & Awareness program. 410-751-7650 or www.noworriesit.net

About The Author

Jean Burgess, Marketing Manager

Jean Burgess, Marketing Manager

Jean Burgess is Marketing Manager for NoWorriesIT, where she is continually surrounded by techno-speak and computer gear throughout the day. From Jean's desire to understand this alien world of Cloud Computing, Remote Monitoring and Management, Data Backup and Disaster Recovery, and Network Security sprang this blog -Thoughts From A Wannabe Techno Geek. Her goal: to be a liaison between the knowledgeable NoWorriesIT system engineers and the small business reader in an entertaining and informative manner.

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