CRITICAL: Protect Against WannaCry Ransomeware

What is it?
Excellent article detailing the facts regarding the Ransomware:
https://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/what-you-need-know-about-wannacry-ransomware 


What is actually affected?
Older versions of the Windows operating system. 

  • Windows XP (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • Windows XP Embedded
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 8

Microsoft has released an emergency patch for older systems:

In the wake of the largest ransomware attack in the history that had already infected over 114,000 Windows systems worldwide since last 24 hours, Microsoft just took an unusual step to protect its customers with out-of-date computers.

Microsoft has just released an emergency security patch update for all its unsupported version of Windows, including Windows XP, Vista, Windows 8, Server 2003 and 2008 Editions.

If you are still running on Windows XP or Vista, you are strongly advised to download and APPLY PATCH NOW!

PremierePC takes security serious.  
We help protect our clients using multiple layers of technology.

Gateway Firewall with Subscription services:
SonicWall firewall customers with active and properly installed Gateway Anti-virus security subscriptions (either standalone or as a subset of our Comprehensive Gateway Security Suite (CGSS) or Advanced Gateway Security Suite (AGSS)) are safe and are protected from WannaCry ransomware attacks.

Endpoint Anti-Virus
For our managed service plan clients utilizing our Endpoint protection you were protected from the start provided your definitions were updated. This occurs automatically when connected to the internet. 

Note: Even with AV installed and updated it would still be possible to become infected due to user action. For the best security we always suggest a multi-layer approach.

Anti-Malware
Being introduced in our latest service plan iteration. PremierePC will now be including Malwarebytes Business Endpoint protection for ProSupport Complete 2017 clients for a third level of protection.

Off-site Backup:
PremierePC encourages clients to backup and store critical business data daily. Should a file become crytplocked by ransomware restoring from an earlier version is one solution around paying the hackers to restore your files.

To learn more about any of the solutions above or if you have become a victim of the attack please reach out to our office for guidance and support.

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Source  Material:
http://thehackernews.com/2017/05/wannacry-ransomware-windows.html

https://blog.sonicwall.com/2017/05/sonicwall-protects-customers-latest-massive-wannacry-ransomware-attack

https://www.wsj.com/articles/global-cyberattack-exposes-lag-in-companies-software-updates-1494629216?tesla=y

https://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/what-you-need-know-about-wannacry-ransomware