On May 12th, the WannaCry/WCry 2.0 ransomware software infected thousands of computers, taking data hostage and demanding bitcoins to release it. The attacks spread across the globe, taking advantage of a Microsoft Windows vulnerability. Users with older laptops and desktops were especially at risk, as older models don’t always have access to the vital security updates and patches from Windows. If you are protected by enterprise-level security solutions, it is very important that you talk to your provider for more information on how they are protecting you from these threats.
Dove Communications recommends that everyone quickly backup their data, encrypt the sensitive elements pertaining to patients, financial information, etc. Instruct your staff to be cautious of suspicious emails and attachments – don’t open every zip file that you receive. You should also check whether there are Windows updates that still need to be manually installed. Only then can your machine take advantage of patches that combat the vulnerabilities.
We can assist you with all of your voice and data needs, including assessing whether your network is protected from these kinds of cyber attacks. Don’t wait until the next wave of attacks, learn more about data protections today.