Wanna Cry ransomware is a very large threat. It’s here in the US and in over 150 countries.  It’s infected over 300,000 of the world’s 2 billion Windows computers. This is one of the most prolific and dangerous viruses that we have seen in a very long time.

Wanna Cry has crippled national and international services like the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, Fed Ex, Renault, Telefonica and Nissan.

The results?

  • NHS had to cancel appointments and turn patients away. Other medical practices in the UK were affected as well. Plus, phones that were running over VoIP were shut down.
  • Nissan had to close one of their plants because their automation was crippled.
  • FedEx in the US was hit. Like many other companies, they experienced interference with their Windows-based systems.

According to Homeland Security, Law enforcement has neither the time nor the resources to track down the culprits. You’re on your own. It’s a huge concern.  Both your business and home computers are at risk.

How Do You Get Infected?

Your computers and network are at risk from:

  • Email attachments
  • Weblinks
  • Downloads

When you open any one of these, a key exchange occurs that encrypts all the files in your computer along with accessible drives connected to your computer and server.

All the files on your server that you’ve saved for years, and use to serve your clients and customers, are rendered useless.  Additionally, your online drives are also encrypted (Microsoft OneDrive, DropBox, etc.)

Once the encryption is complete, it stops all processes that could possibly reverse it.  Now, you’re locked out.  A message is displayed for an extortion of money. Typically, $300, and you must pay immediately via a BitCoin account, or the ransom increases exponentially.  A Bitcoin account takes several days to set up.  While you’re working on this, the ransom goes up to $1,000, $2,000 and more for each day that goes by.

The Wanna Cry key is almost impossible to decrypt. It’s made by the highest level of encryption today.  RSA encryption is a generation of very large prime numbers multiplied together that aren’t divisible without the corresponding key.

But, It’s Not Over—Wanna Cry Version 2.0 and 3.0 Have Arrived.

Security Software Isn’t Enough—What You Can Do About It.

These are the top four security protections that you can put in place right now to better protect your business from Wanna Cry, and other dangerous viruses:

  1. Keep your devices and network patched and up to date. This includes your operating system like Windows, 3rd-Party Software (Word, Java, Adobe, iTunes, Flash), Firewalls, Routers, Servers, Printers, Switches Phones and Applications.
  2. Invest in a really good Antivirus and AntiMalware Software. For all of our customers, we use a combination of a signature-based Antivirus, Heuristic Antivirus, signature-based AntiMalware, and Heuristic AntiMalware. All of these protections need to be bundled together around your computers, servers, and network in general.
  3. Backup your files daily to a device and store it offsite. Monitor it daily and test it at least monthly.
  4. Educate your employees. This is your greatest defense against any type of malware or virus.  Have your IT professional come in and train them on a regular basis.

How to Get Started

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What’s lacking in my security right now?
  • How are my employees using our company-owned devices?
  • What 3rd-Party cloud apps are we using:
  • Are our systems truly backed up?
  • Where are we exposed to risk?
  • Whose job is it to make sure our network is protected, and how do I know if they’re doing their job?

You Need a Trusted IT Advisor—A Managed Service Provider

Protecting your business from dangerous viruses and malware is not something that’s easy for the layperson to do.  These threats are constantly changing and evolving.  If you value your data, you need a professional to help you protect and preserve it.

We Can Help

RCOR Invites You To:

  • Join our Free Lunch and Learns.
  • Take advantage of our Free Security Analysis, and
  • Get a Plan of Action so you can have a rock-solid way to stay secure.

Let Us Help You:

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tim@rcor.com

(919) 313-9355