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James.Maude
June 28th, 2017

NotPetya ransomware: Attack analysis

On June 27, 2017 a number of organisations across Europe began reporting significant system outages caused by a ransomware strain referred to as Petya. The ransomware is very similar to older Petya ransomware attacks from previous years, but the infection and propagation method is new, leading to it being referred to as NotPetya. Due to the sudden and significant impact of the attack, it was immediately likened to the WannaCry outbreak causing concerns globally. 

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Petya ransomware variant strikes on a global scale

Firms across the globe have been hit by a variant of the Petya or Petwrap strain of ransomware impacting Windows servers, PCs, and laptops. Initial reports suggest this latest attack struck The Ukraine initially but it has quickly spread to many other countries including Russia, Spain, France, the UK, The Netherlands, and the US. Currently the attackers are asking for $300 worth of Bitcoins to retrieve access to data.

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Wham, bam thank you PAM

As the Privileged Access Management (PAM) market matures, two distinct approaches have evolved as the primary focus for organizations considering this type of investment. Last year, the trend led Gartner to redefine the classification of the PAM market into two main categories; Privileged account and session management (PASM) and Privileged elevation and delegation management (PEDM). I’ve given a quick description of these areas below:

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The culture shock (Part 2)

In part 1, I discussed the importance of understanding your company’s culture when embarking on a security project as this can be the key to success or failure. In this blog, I’ll take a closer look at the five key areas you should pay particular attention to.

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The culture shock (Part 1)

In this blog post, I want to share some of my experiences on how company culture can kill a security project, especially when removing admin rights.

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Doing the hard work to make it simple

Avecto has an illustrious history of providing enterprises with control at the same time as ensuring user freedom. By enabling organizations around the world to remove admin rights and put in place realistic application whitelisting, we raise the security bar while helping people achieve compliance and reduce operational costs. 

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