All posts by Andrew Avanessian

WannaCry One Week On

It’s been a busy week in the security world. On Friday 12th May 2017 the world was hit by one of the biggest ransomware out breaks in recent times. It reached 74 countries and more than 45,000 systems. By Monday, this was more like 150 countries and 200,000 systems, according to Europol. When a kill-switch was found to disable the virus, it was a matter of hours until new variants were infecting systems at a rate of 3,600 per hour.

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WannaCry Ransomware goes global

On Friday, a cyber attack on an unprecedented scale struck a wide range of organizations in over 99 countries across the globe. The ransomware attack, known as WanaCry or WanaCrypt0r shut down IT systems in NHS hospitals and GP surgeries in the UK as well as many large global organizations including Telefonica, FedEx and Renault.

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Digesting the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2017

The much anticipated 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon was launched this week and once again it highlights some interesting and concerning security trends.

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IT professionals ask for the “Easy Button”, but does it even exist?

I speak to many IT professionals who don’t have visibility over the endpoints and don’t really understand the day to day work behaviors of their staff. When asked to “secure the endpoint” by their management, there are many misconceptions about the effectiveness which naturally arise.

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Wonga adds its name to the roll call of breached companies in 2017

Another day, another data breach. This time, payday lender, Wonga has revealed it’s the latest victim in a long and seemingly endless line of companies to have had their customer data compromised. 

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