WannaCry Ransomware Vulnerability

Windows users should be aware of a new ransomware strain and take immediate measures to ensure their systems are up-to-date.

On Friday, May 12, 2017, a new strain of the WannaCry ransomware began spreading, widely impacting a large number of organizations (particularly in Europe). This ransomware exploits a vulnerability in outdated versions of Microsoft Windows.

We currently have 100% deployment of the needed Microsoft patch on all TechSoft Systems’ Managed Services covered devices.

Microsoft released a patch in March of 2017 to fix this vulnerability under Microsoft Security Bulletin, MS17-010. If you have yet to install the March 2017 Security Update for your Microsoft Windows system, we recommend that you do so immediately.

Here are some critical questions for your business:

  • Do you have backup and disaster recovery systems in place?

    A properly implemented backup and disaster recovery system is an effective mitigation tool for ransomware attacks.

  • Is all of your software up-to-date?

    Implementing a automated patch management system or using a managed services provider (who manages patching services for you) can keep your systems from being vulnerable to many different types of malware and security issues.

  • Do you have anti-malware protection?

    Having anti-malware software on your computer may NOT be enough to protect your entire network. Utilizing a multi-layered approach to anti-malware protection, including a next-generation firewall, spam and virus filtering on your email, and a proper training plan for your employees can help yours and your clients’ data secure.

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Donna Hansee is the Executive Manager at TechSoft Systems, which means it's her job to keep all of TechSoft Systems' gears moving in the right direction. In addition to her role as Executive Manager, she is also in charge of all of our marketing efforts. Out side of work, Donna enjoys staying active and spending time with her husband and adult children.