Written by Chris Thornton
The NotPetya cyber attack works differently from the recent WannaCry infection by blocking access to the entire computer before demanding a ransom payment to regain access. It also spreads from machine to machine causing even more devastation.
There are different theories behind how the ransomware spreads but is believed to come from a malicious link received via email or an infected email attachment.
The impact of the infection will be, at best, painful for any business but for those without the necessary protection in place it could be devastating. Excess downtime and data loss are the immediate and most obvious effects but longer term the reputation of your business could also suffer. Don’t wait until it’s too late, act now to make sure your business is protected.
The first thing to do is advise all your staff to be aware of any suspicious emails. They should already know to double check any attachment or link received via email but reinforcing this message can’t do any harm.
Carrying out a basic cyber security audit on your IT systems is never a bad idea and is something you can achieve internally within your business should you not have any external help.
These recommendations do not guarantee that you will not be infected, and do not cover every area but do reduce the risks to your business considerably.
If you are concerned that your business does not have the necessary protection, or needs to improve on your current levels of protection, speak to your trusted IT provider to get the right advice. Investing a little now is very likely to save you a lot of time and money in the future.