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Petya 2.0 Attacks. Excalibur Technology MSP Clients Safe!

Creeping Virus Infecting a PCLast month Wannacry unleashed havoc across the world.  This month, Petya is making the rounds.  Next month will be a new threat.  Computers and servers are being encrypted and data is being held hostage until a hefty ransom is paid.  What is a business owner to do?  Ensure that you are taking a proactive approach to managing your data security and putting all of the security measures in place that you can to keep viruses, spyware, ransomware and hackers out.

We are happy to report that all Excalibur Technology managed services clients were fully protected against these recent attacks and were not affected whatsoever.  An ounce of prevention paid off in a major way considering a single breached machine can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars in ransom.

The frustrating thing about these recent ransom situations is that the fix to prevent the infection was available long before the attack. Systems that were left unpatched were compromised and those that were well maintained were much more safe.  The infuriating thing about Petya is that it used the same attack method and vulnerability as the Wannacry.  Users and IT departments had plenty of time to update their systems, but unfortunately chose not to.  Don’t be a victim!  Call us today for professional outsourced IT support and allow us to protect your organization from the new threats to come.

What else should you do to protect your company?  Here are a few quick tips:

  1. Have a business class firewall in place and ensure that it is updated and that the security logs are regularly reviewed.
  2. Use strong passwords on all devices, accounts, admin accounts, servers, workstations, etc.  And change them regularly!
  3. Have updated and business class anti-virus and anti-spyware software running on every device.  Make sure it is updated and receives new definitions constantly.
  4. Lock down PC’s to prevent unwanted software from running.
  5. Ban social media, personal e-mail and web surfing in your office.  This is the greatest network threat there is and the toughest to control.
  6. Install DNS filtering to prevent accessing of infected websites.
  7. Install web filtering to manage what sites are allowed or denied in your organization.
  8. Have a great backup system installed, send a copy to a reliable and secure cloud provider.
  9. Provide training for your staff to educate them about threats such as phishing, bad links and surfing habits.  Review this regularly with them.

Following these tips and having a professional network engineer maintain your infrastructure is the best way to ensure that your business is not infected by ransomware or other threats.  For additional information, tips or to get started with one of the best IT firms in the industry, call us today at 877-NET-KING!

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