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Malware Attacks Are On The Rise, Are You Protected?

Published on 27/02/2018

According to the latest annual state of malware report by security firm Malwarebytes, detection of ransomware attacks on businesses grew by 90% last year compared with 2016.

These malicious attacks affected business across the globe, infecting users computers, encrypting files including databases and using the criticality of encrypted files to maximise leverage in securing pay-outs from the organisations affected.

Examples of recent high profile attacks include:

WannaCry: WannaCry has been one of the most devastating cyber attacks in history, affecting 200,000 users and 300,000 computers across the globe, including a third of NHS trusts in England and Wales.

NotPetya: The NotPetya ransomware attack started as a fake Ukrainian tax software update which went on to affect hundred of thousands of customers in more than 100 countries over the course of just a couple of days.

CrySis: Typically spread by hacking into Remote Desktop Services and manually installing the ransomware. This is one of the most popular ways of delivering ransomware because cyber criminals can compromise administrators and machines that control entire organisations.

Although ransomware was one of the most popular forms of malware witnessed in 2017, malware is constantly evolving and malicious individuals are always creating new threats to attack businesses, and steal critical data.

Without victims, criminals are unable to profit from these malicious activities. SES offer a full suite of Cyber Security services designed to enhance your organisations defence against malware attacks and other cyber threats, these include:

Vulnerability Assessments: Regularly scanning your networks enables you keep track of the latest exploits, helping you protect against and mitigate the risks to your business posed by malicious hackers.

Penetration Testing: Penetration Testing simulates a real world attack on your internal and external networks, applications, devices and people to demonstrate the security of your systems and infrastructure.

GDPR Compliancy: GDPR improves the protection of European data subjects’ rights and clarifies what companies that process personal data must do to safeguard these rights, becoming compliant with this legislation enables you to avoid potentially costly fines of €20 million or 4% of the company’s global annual turnover, whichever is higher.

PCI: DSS Compliancy: Becoming PCI DSS compliant proves to your customers that you are doing everything in your power to secure your customers valuable information and keep it out of the hands of malicious individuals who could use your data for fraudulent purposes.

Security Training: Many malicious ransomware attacks can be prevented by ensuring your staff have the knowledge and awareness to recognise phishing emails and ignore them.

If you would like to find out more about these Cyber Security solutions in more detail, plus the other services that SES offer, please get in touch to speak to one of our specialists.


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