WannaCry Ransomware Attack: What You Need to Know

On Friday, May 12, the largest ransomware attack ever seen was launched. Since its discovery on Friday afternoon, the WannaCry ransomware attack has continued to spread, impacting over 10,000 organizations and 200,000 individuals in more than 150 countries, according to European authorities. In its path of destruction, we’ve seen businesses and critical infrastructure impacted globally. Within GSWS, we are happy to report that no clients have yet been affected by this attack. This incident, however, has again demonstrated the importance of good cyber security practices. If your data is important, it needs to be protected.

Our clients and their data are protected. Here’s what you need to know:
* If you are on a managed service agreement with us, please know this is already being done for you.
* If you are under service with a pre-paid time block, we will be reaching out to you before performing the evaluation, for authorization to proceed.
* If you currently do not have any IT services agreement with us, we encourage you to reach out to us to discuss. Even if you already have an IT provider, a second look may help you sleep better at night. Please let us know if we can help.

Threats are constantly changing and evolving. We would like to think that just keeping computers patched and antivirus up-to-date is good enough, but at the speed that hackers are creating these threats, it’s only a matter of time before you or an employee accidentally click on a bad weblink or phishing email, launching a ransomware virus on your network that your organization is not properly protected against. As part of our vulnerability assessment offering, we evaluate each customers data backup strategies and ensure that it will hold up against the latest cyber security attacks. To inquire, please visit our online inquiry form and a representative will follow up to schedule and answer any questions you might have. We have to prepare for the worst, and data backups are the key to preparation. A best practice backup strategy that was good enough a year ago may not be good enough to recover from today’s ransomware attacks. We NEVER want to have a conversation with any of our clients discussing whether to pay a ransom or lose data.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We’re here to help.

Additional resources and news links on WannaCry Ransomware attack:

Huge ransomware outbreak disrupts IT systems worldwide, WannaCryptor to blame

Experts expect a surge in ransomware attacks this week – this time without a “kill switch”

Avast’s ongoing blog, covering the incident

The ransomware meltdown experts warned about is here

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