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Three ways ‘WannaCry’ could have been avoided and how Sigma can help

16 May, 2017

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The ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack caught thousands of organisations off guard, but there are three ways it could have been avoided and all three are available from Sigma.

SOLUTION 1 – MIGRATE!

The vulnerability that was exploited was in the Windows XP operating system. Official support for Windows XP ended on 8 April 2014, which means there will be no patches or fixes for any problems found in this operating system.

If your customers still don’t have a migration plan for getting off Windows XP, now is the time to make one. It’s also an opportunity to introduce full-disk encryption; turning on Becrypt encryption when you set up or migrate.

Quest’s migration and consolidation solutions efficiently move and restructure user accounts, data and systems without impacting users or business productivity.

The next major issue after hardware support is application compatibility. Flexera AdminStudio Suite includes the Application Compatibility Pack which can perform thousands of automated tests to evaluate the compatibility of both an application’s installation package and its code with Windows 7-10.

Moving from Windows XP to a supported operating system would have avoided the risk of being unprotected by Microsoft.

SOLUTION 2 – PATCH!

Microsoft released a patch for the Windows vulnerability MS17-010 on March 14th, but two months have passed without many organisations patching their systems.

Flexera’s Corporate Software Inspector gives you patch availability on the day of disclosure—More than 80% of vulnerabilities have patches within 24 hours. Flexera CSI would have patched this vulnerability by March 15th.

SOLUTION 3 – PROTECT!

Your customers are continuously under threats online from hackers, malware and spam that can disrupt their business; costing them time, money, relationships or even taking them down completely.

AVG Internet Security Business Edition reduces the chances of that happening by protecting them from the latest online threats across their business PCs, network, file server and emails.

AVG Business Edition already recognises ‘WannaCry’ and has protection for your customers.