“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?
A US-based healthcare services and product provider with over 400 locations nationwide, directly supporting over one million patients.
Despite investing heavily in their cybersecurity infrastructure, the company routinely responded to malware outbreaks. By adopting a “detect and respond” approach, the company’s IT department and security budgets were funneled into acquiring network-based detection products and chasing threats after the damage had already been done. As a large medical services and product provider, the company could not risk losing patient data or being exposed to any regulation violations…”