WannaCry: Understanding and preventing the global ransomware attack
By Bryan Gregory, President of Aldridge
You’ve likely already heard the buzz about WannaCry, the global ransomware attack that affected thousands of companies on Friday, May 12, 2017.
More than 200, 000 computers in 150 different countries were infected by WannaCry, and the risk is still imminent for those without the proper technology and security protocols in place.
Ransomware is malware that locks you out of your business-critical files and demands a ransom be paid to regain access to the encrypted data.
The main thing you need to know about this ransomware: it targets devices in need of regular updates. In other words, you have the capability to make an attack completely and totally preventable. Really. This didn’t have to be a problem, but users all over the world were operating on an outdated version of Windows that left their network vulnerable.
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