“We have grown accustomed to computer viruses but the latest WannaCrypt worm attack was a Friday surprise that took the world by storm. It claimed more than 200,000 victims in less than 48 hours, according to one count by Europol, Europe’s policing agency. The Associated Press also reported that the ransomware spread to 150 countries, and victims included Chinese gas stations, Japanese broadcasters, British hospitals, and German railways. WannaCrypt is particularly malicious because it takes just one person to click on an infected link or email attachment to spread the virus. Once infected, the host machine scans the organization’s intranet and the internet for other vulnerable machines leading to rapid spread of the virus in a vastly interconnected world.
Can organizations protect themselves from this type of cyber-attacks?