Ransomware

By Christopher Draven, Customer Experience at Umbrella Managed Systems

Ransomware Breach: 40,800 Patient Records at Risk

The news continues to remind us that Ransomware is a real and continuing threat. Earlier this month, an obstetrics and fetal diagnostic lab announced a 40,800 patient breach on June 30th, 2018. When these stories break, our clients often reach out and ask what Umbrella is doing to minimize the risk.

As data and systems security experts, we spend much of our time examining technical vulnerabilities and providing our clients with recommendations. Industry reports and our research shows there are two key factors when measuring the resiliency of your technology stack – Aging Technology and Employee Education.

Systems Aging Out of Support

Older operating systems may feel familiar and comfortable. However, those tools become security nightmares once Microsoft announces the end of support. As new threats develop, Microsoft stops releasing software updates to fix any holes in the software, which leaves a computer open to new threats.

For example, if you have any of these operating systems on your network, it is time for an upgrade:

  • No Longer Supported: Windows XP and Windows 2003
  • Support Ending in 15 Months: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Employee Education

Unfortunately, we are only human. Employees are often the weakest link in an organization’s security. Hackers develop sophisticated tools and methods to trick your users into giving up system credentials.

How Umbrella Can Help

The Umbrella ITMS 3.0 program addresses the constant barrage of threats from Ransomware, Phishing, and other attacks on your infrastructure.

At a high-level, the program offers:

  • Drive Encryption
  • Next Generation Firewall Security
  • Security Awareness Training
  • Advanced Email Security and Encryption

Knowing your system vulnerabilities and planning for the worst is how you can recover from a Ransomware attack. We encourage you to reach out with any questions about ITMS 3.0 or your own system vulnerabilities.

For more information on how Umbrella can help your business improve system resiliency and put safeguards in place to combat Ransomware and other malicious attacks, please get in touch.

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