How To Reduce Your Chances Of Falling Foul Of Ransomware – And How To React If You Do?

The WannaCry ransomware attack took the world by storm last month, successfully claiming 200,000 victims across 150 countries – and with some high-profile casualties, including the NHS. It spread quickly and was highly disruptive – grabbing news headlines across the globe and putting IT security in the spotlight.

Of course, WannaCry was not the first – nor is it likely to be the last, as we have seen with the Petya attack, – a form of ransomware that can be distributed by cyber-criminals. However, this should serve as a warning to organisations that they need to start taking urgent steps to protect themselves against this serious malware.

So, in the aftermath of an attack, what steps should organisations be taking to reduce their risk of falling victim to ransomware? 

Luke Potter, SureCloud’s Cybersecurity Practice Director, looks at what organisations can do to minimise the risk of a falling victim to a ransomware attack – and offers advice on how to respond if you do

SMEs more afraid of cybercrime than Brexit

SMEs are more worried about the threat of cyber crime than they are about Brexit, a new survey from Barclaycard has revealed. In a poll of 500 SMEs, 44% said they fear being a victim of a cyber crime or data breach, whereas 34% expressed their concern over the affect Brexit will have on their business.

Britain’s SMEs are shifting the billions spent each year on hiring traditional experts, such as legal and procurement consultants, to leverage the skills required to survive in an increasingly digital world, including those for cybersecurity and new payments technology.

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Healthcare Data Breaches Top Reported Data Security Incident

A recent study revealed that healthcare data breaches accounted for 39 percent of data breaches in 2015.

Healthcare data breaches were the most common type of data security incident reported in 2015, according to a recent study by Symantec Corporation.

Healthcare data breaches top security incident

Researchers found that approximately 39 percent of breaches during the year occurred in the health services sub-sector.

“This comes as no surprise, given the strict rules within the healthcare industry regarding reporting of data breaches,” explained the authors of the study. “However, the number of identities exposed is relatively small in this industry. Such a high number of breaches with low numbers of identities tends to show that the data itself is quite valuable to warrant so many small breaches.”

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