Keeping your Business Secure with BTBy Darragh Lambe,
The recent WannaCry ransomware attack made front page news over the last few days, highlighting the growing threat that exists within the cyber world.
So, what is ransomware?
Ransomware is a form of cyber-threat, a type of malicious software (Malware) that installs itself on a computer or device, encrypts and holds files to ransom with the threat of deletion until a sum of money is paid. This isn’t a new threat to end-points – the earliest ransomware was recorded in 1989 – but in the last two years it has grown to a new level, with this latest event demonstrating the huge geographic scale. Statistics gathered demonstrate that cyber-crime is outstripping all other crime categories. Data is a highly valued resource, threats are becoming more sophisticated and Malware is constantly evolving to evade anti-virus protections.
The WannaCry attack uses a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Server Message Block (SMB) protocol — a vulnerability that had actually already been discovered and patched by Microsoft on 14 March, 2017.
“Importantly the malware itself is not about stealing information. It’s about making the user and their PC unable to access information.”
Mark Hughes, President of Security at BT
Is your organisation fully prepared to address this challenge?
At BT, as a global service provider across 180 countries, we have a ring-side seat on the development of the digital-world. We have a long history in dealing with cyber-attacks and are uniquely positioned to offer a range of services including comprehensive risk assessments and a range of services that we can implement such as device management and cyber-services.
“We’ve been able to use the global nature of BT, the global nature of our security centres, to maximise our ability to react with speed, so we can protect ourselves, but also offer best advice to our customers.”
Les Anderson, BT’s Vice-President of Cyber-Security
We want to help businesses better equip themselves to defend against the growing threats. It’s important to recognise that the role of the cyber defender is evolving and it’s imperative that organisations build more innovation and agility into cyber operations.
BT’s Four Steps to Stay Secure
Check you have Microsoft’s patch applied and running correctly across your global IT estate.
Work closely with your antivirus vendors and Microsoft to ensure you have the latest virus protection available.
Discover whether you have been infected, limit the spread as far as possible then neutralise to avoid the malware detonating.
Isolate and rollback. Contain the affected machines, clean them, then restore the data
Find out more
Click here to hear more from Mark and Les for more insights on the recent WannaCry ransomware attack, how our team have been working hard to protect BT and advice on measures businesses should take to protect themselves.