Below I plan on sharing the 8 tips for protecting against cyber threats and I will include a link to a video providing more tips specifically about ransomware. But first some facts from the latest attack.
If you haven’t taken the threat of cyber-attacks seriously yesterday (May 12, 2017) may have changed that. If you’re still not aware of what I am talking about, a major cyber-attack, global in reach, was launched using a stolen N.S.A. Tool after it was publicly released.
The attack spread to over 99 countries and impacted at least 75,000 systems with ransomware and encrypting their data. The demand for payment was 300 Bitcoins.
Several countries were severely impacted by the attack.
UK, had 45 National Health Services (NHS) organizations computer systems shut down, and are in the process of being restored.
Spain was significantly impacted and had several major utilities hit, including telcom company Telefonica, power company Iberdola, and Utility Provider Gas Natural.
France had car company Renault shut down production at its French and Slovenia factories.
Portugal had a Telcom impacted.
Sweden had a local authority impacted.
Germany had a local rail ticket machine impacted.
Italy had a University Computer Lab Impacted.
United States FedEx said their computer system was impacted.
China made no public comment but Social Media showed that at least one university computer lab was impacted.
Russia stated they were the worst hit with more infections than any other country including domestic banks, interior and health ministries, state owned railway and their second largest mobile phone network were all impacted.
The attack was spread through email.
Here are the 8 Tips for Protecting Against Cyber Threats.
- Open only emails from people you know.
- This attack spreads through email from other infected machines. Open attachments only from people you know and that you were expecting. If you were not expecting an attachment don’t open it. If in doubt call to verify if the person sent you the attachment.
- If you notice a .exe (an executable on open) extension or another file format that doesn’t look right or you are unfamiliar with, don’t open it.
- Don’t click on links being sent to you, including from your bank, school or other places. Verify that it was in fact sent to you.
- Keep your computer up to date and patch as needed.
- Keep your antivirus up to date.
- Educate and remind employees of cybersecurity best practices.
- Keep all firewalls up to date.
Also be sure to check out the video Ransomware Facts, Stats, and Tips to Protect Your Business. The stats are a bit outdated, the average ransom request today is around $20,000.00 up significantly from last year.
If you are running Windows 10 with the latest updates your computer is safe from this current attack. But that is no reason to let your guard down. Stay vigilant and be weary of suspicious emails, and their attachments. Also, never insert a USB, DVD, or CD rom of unknown origins (laying on a desk, found in a parking lot) into your computer.
See our next tip coming soon – Should you add Cyber-insurance to boost your cybersecurity risk protection?
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