Concerned about ransomware?

From the extensive media coverage over the weekend, you will have heard about the major cyber-attack which took place on Friday and caused major disruption across the world.

Hackers exploited a known vulnerability in Microsoft software. In the UK, the NHS was a high profile victim and even now, the position is not yet fully recovered.

See below for 3 simple steps for companies to undertake:

  1. Keep your organisation’s security software patches up to date
  2. Use proper anti-virus software services
  3. Most importantly for ransomware, back up the data that matters to you, because you can’t be held to ransom for data you hold somewhere else.

Home users and small businesses can take the following steps to protect themselves:

  1. Run Windows Update
  2. Make sure your AntiVirus product is up to date and run a scan – If you don’t have one install one of the free trial versions from a reputable vendor
  3. If you have not done so before, this is a good time to think about backing important data up – You can’t be held to ransom if you’ve got the data somewhere else.

The national cyber security centre offered this advice: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware