What You Need to Know About the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

A new computer virus called WannaCry (aka WannaCrypt) has been making international headlines and doing real damage since its release on Friday, May 12, 2017. WannaCry is a type of malware known as “ransomware” that encrypts your data and holds it for ransom; paying the ransom often still results in permanent data loss.

Here’s what you need to know about WannaCry…

Are we safe?

No one is ever totally safe…the key is to have knowledgeable IT resources that you can count on at times like these. If you have downloaded the latest security patches and loaded them on your servers and desktop operating systems that is a good start, but have you reminded all your staff that opening attachments or clicking links in emails that look suspicious or are from unknown sources is a bad idea? Do you have someone remotely monitoring your network for issues and attacks?

Why is this worse than other Ransomware?