WannaCry is a warning shot for future ransomware

May 16, 2017 by SecureData

WannaCry is a warning shot for future ransomware WannaCry’s global impact may have captured the headlines, but the exploit’s methodology is counter-intuitive to any covert ability to actually collect the ransom. Could it be the WannaCry attack for all it’s devastation is actually a proof-of-concept strategy Or perhaps, a diversionary tactic? In this light, the threat from ransomware can only…

WannaCry ransomware exploit breaking new ground

May 16, 2017 by SecureData

WannaCry reveals new confluence of ‘worm-malware-ransomware’ exploit Business organisations and NHS considered ‘collateral damage’ in this attack As the WannaCry ransomware saga rumbles, we’ve seen the significant impact it has had on organisations all over the world. But has this attack, which targeted older versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system, bitten off more than it can chew? We know…

WannaCry wake-up call for ongoing ransomware threat

May 15, 2017 by SecureData

WannaCry wake-up call for ongoing ransomware threat The high-profile and aptly-named ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack which affected the NHS from last Friday is the latest in an ongoing tidal wave of ransomware cyber attacks. WannaCry has hit 150 countries and 200,000 computers since Friday and is continuing to leave a wake of destruction across the globe. It should be considered a…

Perspectives on the WannaCry ransomware attack

May 14, 2017 by Etienne Greeff

Perspectives on the WannaCry ransomware attack and how to deal with it Starting on Friday May 12th reports have started to spread of a global malware that appears to have impacted tens of thousands of hosts in almost a hundred countries within a span of hours. Included amongst the high-profile victims of the campaign is the UK’s NHS who…

Essential cybersecurity steps every business should take today

May 9, 2017 by SecureData

Lincolnshire is not traditionally known as a hotbed of international criminal conspiracy, yet in 2016, the rural county suffered two major crimes that hit the national news. First, a ransomware attack on the County Council crippled IT systems, with hackers reportedly demanding a ransom of £1 million. A few months later, North Lincolnshire NHS Trust was infected by a virus…

Hostages to fortune? Why ransomware is now big business.

May 9, 2017 by SecureData

Ransomware attacks are skyrocketing and, sadly, no end is in sight. Cybercriminals are scrambling over themselves to cash in on this lucrative attack trend, which offers a low barrier to entry, great rewards and minimal risk. 2015’s 3.8 million ransomware attacks may sound considerable, but this has been utterly eclipsed by the 638 million attacks reported in 2016 – a…

A cool head is the best response to APT10

April 6, 2017 by SecureData

The recent report of a nation-state attack, supposedly run by the Chinese government, known as APT10 has been called “one of the largest ever sustained global cyber espionage”  threats facing businesses today. The source of the story is Cloud Hopper, the APT campaign developed by PwC with BAE Systems, and it certainly sounds scary. According to Cloud Hopper, APT10 targets…

Cyber Essentials ignites a supply chain reaction

April 5, 2017 by SecureData

Cyber Essentials ignites a supply chain reaction.  The digital world is becoming ever more dangerous, but all too few British businesses are taking practical steps to stay secure. New research from the Institute of Directors and Barclays reveals the scale of the problem: while almost all companies (95%) think IT security is important, nearly half (45%) have no formal cyber…

Five warning signs your business isn’t the GDPR-ready.

March 2, 2017 by SecureData

With just 15 months until the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) starts being enforced, every organisation needs to sit up and take compliance seriously. Even though the clock is ticking, a worrying 50% of companies still haven’t made any preparations for the GDPR. Meanwhile, many other organisations are still struggling to map out the EU’s new requirements…

Forget fear, uncertainty and doubt: it’s time cybersecurity got proactive.

February 10, 2017 by SensePost

With just 51% of companies currently taking action to identify cyber risks, it’s clear firms are all too often prepared to live with fear, uncertainty and doubt. Even though no organisation can consider itself safe from cyberattacks, many try to muddle through with a let’s-wait-and-see outlook. Well, we’ve waited and we’ve seen: 90% of large organisations and 74% of UK…