The Wannacry ransomware attack which attacked workplaces worldwide and affected much of the UK’s NHS network was stopped in its tracks accidentally by registering a new domain, which acted as a ‘kill switch’ – but not before many huge organisations had been massively impacted.
The problem is that many of the Nation’s computers have been turned off all weekend – and there are fears that when users return to work today, the virus could again be spread by unsuspecting users.
The hackers, however, didn’t take the weekend off. New variants of the virus have already appeared and the nation could be in for a tough few days.
Virus experts Wordfence have already released information to raise awareness and give companies an action plan, if they don’t have one already.
It sounds like a ‘problem for IT’, however Richard Hocking, Technical Director for Welsh software developer Codel Software explains why cybersecurity is a problem for EVERY member of staff:
“Failing to take basic cyber precautions is the equivalent of leaving a purse on the seat of your unlocked car and as we have seen this weekend, the impact of an attack can be huge.
“Workplace networks are only as secure as their weakest user, so it’s really important that HR are involved. Make sure staff are advised of good practice, such as only opening emails from trusted sources and while Windows Updates can seem annoying, it is really important to let them run.
“Even if a source is trusted, be careful when opening attachments, if something looks suspicious, it’s definitely worth a quick call to IT rather than taking the risk. It’s also important to remember to continue doing this after the news goes quiet – the threat of a cyber attack won’t always make headlines.”
“Every single staff member has a role to play in cyber security – both by taking the precautions above, and by choosing secure passwords and being careful who they share information with – it definitely isn’t just an ‘IT’ problem. Nobody can afford to be complacent.”