The ransomware attack that took place on Friday, the infamous WannaCry took over as many as 200,000 computers in 150 countries across the world. Although experts still don’t know the complete details of the attack, it is clear that some big organizations were victimized in the attack while some suffered severe losses.
After the attack, cyber security professionals are warning not to meet the demands of the Wannacry ransomware. They are also recommending that companies, businesses, and organizations start preparing to prevent future attacks by adding new strategies like IT risk management in general.
If you haven’t been victimized yet, you shouldn’t rest easy. The attacks are going to come back and they will not leave you alone if you are not prepared. Here are the strategies you can start implementing today to resist the attack.
Create a digital culture
Now it is more than ever necessary to look at your IT team and see if it lacks talent. You need to make sure that you create a good IT culture in your company where normal employees are also made aware of how dangerous these cyber crimes have become.
Set up parameters to detect intrusive behavior
Wannacry and other malware depend largely on human error. Employees often give away chunks of private info on the internet without thinking twice. Set up an effective risk management practice that teaches the employees about how to find out about scams over the internet and through email. If you make it hard for the hackers to obtain data, they’ll be helpless. Collaborate with IT professionals to set up defensive walls that detect scams before they even reach your employees.
Create a powerful IT infrastructure
To protect critical intellectual property, you must have a powerful IT infrastructure. Store all your data on high-end network devices which are generally created to prevent attacks from normal cyber criminals or malware. Make sure you also protect your data if you are sharing it with a third party.