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WannaCry ransomware attack - moving forward

Ransomware has been lurking in the back of everyone’s minds for the past few years. But with the WannaCry attack, it’s become the first thing on many people’s minds.

This evolution of malware takes us from attacks in the form of email attachments and web page clicks to something that can spread on its own throughout a network – making the potential for damage that much more concerning.

As in most things, the best defence is a good offence. So if you haven’t prioritized security yet, now is the time. The good news is that there are many great tools out there to help you get this figured out – and there are organizations (including Compugen) that can help you get it all set up.

Where to start?

Patch Microsoft has put out a guide to get you fully patched and as protected as possible. Follow their guidance to be sure that layer is locked down.

Then start looking at the multiple layers that form the best overall security solution:

Cloud - Enforcing security at the DNS and IP layer in the cloud will protect your devices from sites hosting ransomware and prevent redirection to malicious sites.

Endpoints – Establish point-in-time protection to detect malware that is initially missed. A combination of tools designed to stop both the virus and the execution of the ransomware file on the device.

Email Security – Employ an email gateway to stop ransomware that arrives as attachments and URLs in email. If you can catch it here, it lessens the risk of spreading through the network via email or the network itself. 

Want some help getting started? Compugen is one of the companies that can give you a hand. To help companies sorting through this, we are offering a no-cost proof of concept to allow you to try a multi-layered solution in your own environment.

Or reach out and ask us questions – we’ll be happy to offer advice or assistance.