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.
In the era of next-gen technology, it's the often-forgotten basics that provide the best foundations. By reducing the attack surface and building secure defensible endpoints you'll be in a far better position to stop cyber attacks and keep your data safe.
Recently, the Avecto team travelled to the Middle East for a four-country roadshow, hopping from KSA to UAE, Jordan and finally Lebanon. We travelled with the esteemed Microsoft MVP, Sami Laiho and our partners in the region Crestan, in a bid to spread the message of the importance of back to basics security and for Sami to showcase the simplicity of breaking Windows without the right security foundations in place.
Throughout history humans have sought to socially engineer each other, exploiting social norms and applying pressure to reveal information or gain advantage. From travelling conmen and master spies to cyber threats and phishing emails the fundamental problem is the same, humans can be manipulated.
Hackers have evolved since the days when you would receive an anonymous email with a suspicious attachment. Now cyber-criminals are using ever more sophisticated methods to circumvent system defenses and actively pursue an organization’s single biggest weakness, the user.
Edward Snowden’s data leakage at the NSA has certainly caused a ripple effect across the entire IT landscape, forcing organizations across all industries to take a closer look at their current security defenses. At the McAfee FOCUS conference in October this year, we conducted a survey to examine just how closely security professionals were rethinking their approaches to security as a result of the NSA incident. And just as important – if not more – was determining how many of those professionals were actually converting these attitudes to action.