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THE WANNA CRY RANSOMWARE VIRUS IS ON THE ATTACK

Here’s how to protect yourself.

The Wanna Cry Ransomware virus attack is the largest in history. As we write, it is reported that this malicious assault has infected hundreds of thousands of servers and related IT infrastructure across the world. The cost to individuals and businesses could reach tens of millions of euro.

The Wanna Cry Ransomware virus is somewhat different from previous Ransomware assaults. This virus combines a Ransomware strategy with worm tactics. This means once it infiltrates a particular computer, it captures email contacts and spreads the virus to others on that contact list.

This means: the assault will continue to take place over weeks and months, not days. You and your business should take action now to protect yourself.

How to Protect Your Computers from the Wanna Cry Virus

Don’t be a victim. Simply make certain you take action now.

1. Never open an email attachment from a source you do not recognise or trust – the Wanna Cry virus is spread through email attachments. Make certain you and your employees take a close look at each and every email source prior to opening an attachment. If you’re unfamiliar with the email address or it looks suspicious delete it now. In other words: if it looks fishy it probably is.

2. Backup your vital data – right now. Remember, if the Wanna Cry Ransomware virus sneaks into your business it can completely destroy your vital data. If you do not backup your data now, you could lose it.

  • Backup vital mission critical data frequently – every 2 to 4 hours
  • Backup other vital operating and transactional data at least every 24 hours
  • Backup all other data once a week
  • Make certain backups are held in fully secure and protected storage infrastructure
  • Consider backing up to multiple sites, perhaps an off-site physical storage device as well as into secure cloud infrastructure

If you do not have a backup strategy, devise one now. Do please remember: if you lose your data it has the potential of destroying your business.

3. Update your firewalls – make certain your firewall security suite is up to date. If you are in doubt, many state-of-the-art firewalls (like SonicWall) offer exceptional security features.

4. Patch hardware and infrastructure operating software – make certain your IT infrastructure and software operating systems are fully up to date and patched with the most recent releases.

5. Virus software up to date – make certain your business’s virus software is fully up to date with the most recent releases.

6. Filter Inbound Email – make certain that all email is fully filtered with anti-virus software. Make certain that software is up to date.

Backup and Data Protection Services from DB Computer Solutions is here to help.  Our Backup, Data Protection, and Disaster Recovery solutions work to protect your most valuable data assets from a successful attack. Our Veeam capabilities ensure vital Virtual Machines remain always available even in the face of vicious attacks.

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