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The Managing Director of a local IT company has stated he is not surprised by the aftermath of the ‘WannaCry’ Ransomware incident that crippled the NHS.
‘We were told recently that 74% of UK adults don’t know what ransomware is,’ said Chris Roche, Managing Director of ACUTEC. ‘It’s not surprising that organisations are falling foul of this issue when they don’t even know what they are trying to avoid. That’s why ACUTEC has spent so much time trying to talk about the problem.’
Chris began award winning ACUTEC back in 1995 and is dedicated to providing the best possible service to its clients. The company has spent the past two years focusing on educating businesses in the Midlands on the dangers of cybercrime and threats like ransomware. They have provided a series of eBooks, webinars and seminars to ensure that organisations have everything that they need to know.
‘None of ACUTEC’s clients have been affected by WannaCry,’ Chris said. ‘Our Pro-Active Monitoring and Managed Services are in place to try and overcome these incidents. IT departments cannot afford to be lazy. Software needs to be up-to-date and technology needs to be invested in to ensure the best possible cyber security.’
Chris and the ACUTEC team advised that while businesses need the correct precautions in place, such as next generation Firewalls and Disaster Recovery plans, they should make sure that their teams are vigilant and know what to be looking out for. Suspicious links and attachments should not be opened and employees should question emails that seem unusual.
‘End-user education is essential,’ Chris commented. ‘Cyber security is something that everyone within an organisation needs to be aware of, not just the IT team. If a phishing email gets through it’s up to your staff to protect your business with their decisions and judgment.’