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Dentistry Show and...NHS Ransomware Attack...


13th May 2017

Dentistry Show is alive and kicking. The show has been busy but yesterday afternoon, a lot of focus moved onto other matters…

Around 3pm yesterday afternoon, the BBC started reporting a large scale cyber-attack on NHS England establishments.

Later reports revealed the scale of the attack, the number of countries affected (around 99) and the devastating impact on GP and hospital services.

The nature of the attack was also revealed; the WannaCRY Cryptolocker virus had infiltrated thousands of systems and those organisations identifying a breach took emergency protocol action and started close down their infrastructure to minimise the damage/spread of the attack.

The team at Microminder have been advising clients about protecting systems as best as possible from such attacks, which are becoming more frequent, more sophisticated and more damaging with every iteration of the programme.

Lessons Learned:

– YOU MUST BE UPGRADE FROM WINDOWS XP to a current protected Operating System.
– WINDOWS UPDATES ARE IMPERATIVE, updating PC’s connected to a network with the latest Microsoft Patches is essential.
– EDUCATING TEAM MEMBERS is pivotal to preventing an attack – most attacks access a network through users clicking on spurious links in fake emails.
– COMMERCIAL-GRADE SECURITY is now NOT an optional extra it is critical, installed across the network – protecting your server alone in a Network environment is akin to having Fort Knox level security on your front door but leaving all other doors and windows open!
The Microminder Team are ready to help and advise you. Microminder have a Security Suite incorporating some of the leading Security Applications.


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