June 28th, 2017
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.
- May 31st, 2017
In April we welcomed the return of the McAfee brand, one of the trailblazers in the ongoing battle against cyber crime. In a well-articulated blog post, McAfee CEO, Chris Young, set out the vision and mission of the #NewMcAfee and laid down its ambitious plans to take the business forward and ultimately shape the security marketplace as never before.
- May 26th, 2017
This weekend a team from Avecto will be taking part in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for Stockport Mind. In my last blog I discussed some reasons why I think everybody should consider running to improve their own mental health. Today I will discuss how you can get started and stick to it. I’ll also draw out some similarities to software development.
- May 25th, 2017
With just a year to go until GDPR takes effect, there are concerns that around half of businesses may not meet the new data protection standards in time. While the majority of IT security professionals are aware of GDPR, a recent poll found just under half are preparing for its arrival.
- May 19th, 2017
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.
- May 13th, 2017
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 WannaCry or WannaCrypt0r 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.