On May 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acknowledged that the ransomware WannaCry had infected computers of hospitals, companies, and government agencies around the world. WannaCry restricts users’ access to a computer until a ransom is paid to unlock it.
The 2016 Horizon Scan Report of the Business Continuity Institute, a leading organization that certifies Business Continuity professionals, showed that for the second year running cyberattacks were the number one threat. Cyberattacks can significantly disrupt an organization by causing loss of data, compromised personal or financial information, and unplanned downtime.
In minimizing the impact of a cyberattack, business continuity planning must address cyber security.
All critical IT applications, processes, data, and locations that support the organization’s revenue, customer information, trade secrets, and other keys to success must be identified and properly protected.
To help secure your systems from cyber security threat, DHS recommended the following practices:
- Update your systems to include the latest patches and software updates.
- Do not click on or download unfamiliar links or files in emails.
- Back up your data to prevent possible loss, whether you are at a home, work, or school computer.
Meridian.us has highly experienced subject matter experts who can assist your organization with business continuity planning. Additionally, we have partnered with several leading cyber security service providers that have successfully served a wide range of customers from Fortune 100 and 500 companies to the U.S. Military.