How can UK Businesses Better Prepare for WannaCry-like Cyber Threats in the Future?

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With the recent WannaCry cyber-attack that spread itself across 150 countries, devastating the NHS in the UK (causing procedure delays and surgery cancellations), it is becoming increasingly essential that IT professionals are equipped with sufficient knowledge to handle future hackers and that organizations adapt their IT systems to ensure they are resilient in the future.

The Trojan virus which was a ransomware attack, worked by encrypting over 90% of a user’s computer files. A ransom was then demanded to be paid, within 3 days, with the consequence of deleting all the files if the user wasn’t compliant. The virus is thought to have affected over 200,000 computers in the UK alone and it is believed that the attackers have received over £20,000.

The rise in cyber threats and the crippling economic impacts it can have upon all types of businesses means IT jobs should increasingly prioritize cyber security. It is imperative that IT experts keep themselves aware of contemporary standards, practices, procedures and methods, as well as be informed of current government security legislation i.e. GDPR being introduced in 2018, which will ensure cloud providers have performed appropriate due diligence for their businesses.

As well as having IT experts that are more efficient in responding to future cyber-attacks, businesses are also taking action by migrating to the cloud and adopting hybrid cloud strategies.

Not only can cloud migration and hybrid implementation mean reduced IT costs, greater flexibility and efficiencies, it can also ensure security professionals keep sensitive assets on-premises and send anonymised data to the cloud to reduce data sensitivity and meet associated regulatory compliance requirements. Data lift services ensure secure and reliable movements of the data. In addition, cloud providers should resource BAAS, IAAS, and DRAAS services to eliminate the need for internal data administration tasks and reduces the need for on premise tape which in turn will limit subjective errors to further enhance security efficiency.

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