Ransomware Alert: How to Protect Yourself Against WannaCry


Over the weekend, the world experienced one of the most severe ransomware outbreaks in history with businesses of all sizes in over 150 countries impacted. The WannaCry ransomware attack isn't the first and it certainly won't be the last.

 As ransomware becomes a household name, one thing is for certain: global cybersecurity has reached a moment of emergency. 

Here are steps BlackPoint is taking to make sure our Managed Services customers are protected:

  • Validate that all Microsoft recommended updates have been applied
  • If Microsoft updates have not been applied, deploy updates as quickly as possible
  • Provide front-line email spam filtering and quarantine services
  • Provide anti-virus software that is robust and up-to-date
  • Provide continuous monitoring of our managed business continuity (MBC) service to insure that backups are processing as normal
  • While we have not detected ransomware for any of our managed clients in over a week, we will continue monitoring for this type of activity as usual


Here are some action items you can take to protect yourself:

  • Have your managed IT service provider conduct a security assessment to identify vulnerabilities in your system
  • Have security policies and procedures in place so that an employee doesn't become a liability
  • Ensure all your end point operating systems are supported and compliant
  • Make sure that remote users frequently connect their devices to the network so security updates can be applied
  • Educate employees on identifying scams, malicious links and emails that may contain viruses
  • Do not open suspicious emails or click on any unfamiliar links
  • Only download software from trusted sources
  • Make sure to run "penetration tests" against your network's security, no less than once a year, according to the Department of Homeland Security
  • Have a disaster recovery plan in place


This is just the beginning of ransomware attacks in 2017. Let’s get your business ready for what’s to come. 

For more information about ransomware, click here to read our recent blog post about Ransomware FAQs. 


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