What to do Before the Next Major Ransomware Attack | CyberSecuritySpeak

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Networks worldwide were rocked again this week by another international cyber-attack. Coming hot on the heels of WannaCry, the latest ransomware attack brought more than 2,000 systems to a crashing standstill. Victims of NotPetya included advertising agencies, shipping companies and law firms.

With WannaCry showing the weaknesses in many businesses cybersecurity systems and protocols, NotPetya further highlighted that there is much to be done in protecting staff and users. As well as ensuring that the right endpoint protection and email scanning software is in use, businesses also need to continue to train staff in how to stop and prevent a cyber-attack.

Just as with May’s WannaCry attack, NotPetya again shows the importance of ensuring network systems and procedures are suitably protected. However, for marketers the lesson this time round was equally clear; make sure you’re your crisis communications plan is in place.

In the space of just a few months two of the largest cyber-attacks in recent history have taken place, and the chances are this trend will only increase. As such, having an internal and external communications plan in place is now a necessity. Keeping control of your communications during a cyber attack is vital in keeping key stakeholders updated and limiting the spread and damage of an attack.

However, the good news is there is time. By starting your planning now and working with experts in how to develop communication plan you can begin to avert the worst of a disaster before it even happens.

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