The widespread ransom ware attacks are a timely reminder to keep software up to date and have an action plan at the ready if you are attacked. This article has a link through to the ASD Essential Eight mitigation strategies that would dramatically reduce a businesses likelihood of being victim of such a ransomware attack.
We are looking forward to participating in a business leaders forum next month on cyber-resilience. Expecting my fellow partner's call to keep systems patched and backed up to feature prominently again
Mitigation advice to avoid being affected Organisations can minimise the risk of being infected by Ransomware by taking the same precations necessary to guard against malicious software in general. Ransomware is a well known and understood problem and there are effective mitigation strategies and advice available. Organisations can protect themselves from threats such as Ransomware by following the Australian Signals Directorate’s Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents. Strategies include but are not limited to: Patching Operating Systems and applications to the latest versions. Not exposing protocols such as SMB to untrusted networks including the Internet. Implementing application whitelisting to prevent execution of untrusted code.