The recent hacks in the news have been more than troublesome for a multitude of reasons and most companies find themselves scrambling to react. If you're one of the companies that staffs smarter, you had already anticipated these attacks and have been proactive in supplying talent to meet these needs. For those of you that have a reactive plan in place, as opposed to a proactive one, there is something to learn from these attacks. Your company may have dodged a bullet this time, but there is still a lot of risk in staying reactive.
Let's Examine the Facts
This attack was planned with a focus on large institutions that did not keep up with their technology's system updates. Those who did not pay attention to this part of security upkeep were very vulnerable to hacks and suffered greatly. The full effect of this attack will be seen throughout this week as further inventory is taken of missing data. So far, it is reported that 200,000 computer in more than 150 countries have been affected. This all began when hackers decided to exploit a flaw in Microsoft's Windows operating system. This flaw was first discovered by the NSA and the findings, along wih malicious software, were made public in April by a hacker collective called Shadow Brokers. This escalated into a ransomeware known as WannaCry and a ransom of $300 in Bitcoin was required to restore access.
How Did the Cyber Attack Stop
The attackers had a "kill switch" included in their attack and all it took to stop the attack was to register a domain name. Once a 22-year-old British researcher accidentally found this out, the attack was shut down and he single-handedly stopped the ransomware from fully spreading to the United States. However, it is possible that the attackers could create a similar hack with a different domain name, so constant vigilance is necessary for all. This can happen again at any time and the next time it does, it pays to be prepared for the worst.
What Can You Do Better To Protect Your Company From Future Cyber Attacks?
Make sure you have the talent you need onboard to protect you from these kind of attacks. Companies who practice great cyber security can walk away unscathed from such an attack, provided that talent is in place ahead of time. Talented IT professionals can prevent and repair any damage and even train your employees for such attacks. The problem for your company right now may be finding such talent. That's why ICS is here for your talent needs.
We have access to a wide pool of talented IT professionals who can make sure you don't have to deal with security situations. If you want to protect your company from theft, attacks, and any other cyber crimes, partner with ICS to achieve top talent that fits your needs. Without ICS, you're going to need a lot of Bitcoins, so contact us today to find talent.