What Businesses Can Learn from getting their email hacked and the ‘‘WannaCry’ Ransomware Attacks

Earlier this month, the world was hit by one of the most massive cyber attacks to date. A piece of ransomware known as “WannaCry” attacked more than 300,000 computers from businesses, government entities, and Britain’s National Health Service, encrypting computer files on infected machines unless the owner coughed up a $300 ransom. Many had their email hacked, and important data for businesses spanning 99 countries was compromised.

The “WannaCry” ransomware attacks exposed major flaws in businesses’ cyber security practices, especially in a day and age where there are increasing malicious actors online to hack companies and their important emails. Many businesses, such as Britain’s National Health Service, were compromised because they did not update to the most recent versions of the window operating system.

The malware’s spread came to a halt because Microsoft offered an emergency patch to the old Windows XP systems (something that rarely happens with unsupported software). Additionally, a 22-year-old cybersecurity researcher dubbed MalwareTech activated a “kill switch” buried in the malware code. These things are anomalies and companies can’t count on things like this to save them when the next time their company is hacked.

Akin to many attacks on the internet, WannaCry exploited known vulnerabilities – in this case, it was the Microsoft patch released in March. Many businesses and organizations neglected to apply this patch. At Integritechs, we specialize in staying abreast of patches released, and ensuring your systems are constantly updated as means to combat attacks and do everything we can to prevent you from getting your email hacked.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, almost 85% of targeted cyber attacks are preventable through basic information security practices. What is your business doing to proactively prevent cyber attacks? It’s imperative for businesses to keep up with the latest software updates and installing appropriate security patches. Many of you reading this are company owners who need to focus full-force on the day-to-days of your business, not IT issues. Leave that to us.
Cyber attacks are not 100% avoidable, so it is important to have a plan in place to handle them. Every business needs to think about for they will handle the worst-care cyber attack. Having a plan in place to navigate complex cyber attacks is not something the average business owner can think of on their own. You need an expert to strategize a plan specific to your company’s specific tech needs. Planning for these scenarios may seem like an unnecessary expense… until you hear about the next WannaCry attacking your computers. If you need to get your plan in place, we’ve got you covered!