You’re Still Unpatched from WannaCry?

June 3, 2019
  1. Assess your organizational obstacles. Are your security and IT operations teams working in tandem from a single, actionable data set? If not, where are the areas of friction and how can these be addressed?
  2. Know your environment. If you are asked how many total endpoints -- patched or otherwise -- are on your network, can you answer accurately? Will your answer be based on the current state of your dynamic environment, or on information you gathered a week ago?
  3. Eliminate fragmentation. The fragmentation of point solutions within IT security and operations teams has fundamentally broken many organizations, created by the implementation of a wide range of tools that are impossible to integrate. Make your organization more secure by unifying endpoint security functions to reduce the likelihood of a breach and enable rapid response to halt attacks quickly.
  4. Declutter your infrastructure: One of the most cited issues throughout the WannaCry incident was the challenge of updating operating systems in an environment laden with legacy apps. If a business is running a critical application which requires keeping an outdated operating system on life support, it’s time to rethink.
  5. Educate your employees: By various estimates, up to 83% of ransomware attacks originate when an employee clicks on a malicious link, opens an infected attachment, or visits a compromised website. Investing in ongoing training for employees to protect against phishing attacks should be your first line of defense.
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