NHS Ransomware Attack

Following the cyber attack on many companies throughout Europe, including the NHS, many companies are wondering where the malware has come from, if they are protected and what they can do to ensure they are secure. The truth is that malware has been around for a long time and it is nothing MCS haven't seen before. The main reason the NHS have been infected is because they're running outdated Operating Systems, such as Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows Vista. There are four main recommendations to ensure that you are doing all you can to stay protected against malware attacks.

Up-to-date Software

Is your server up to date? Do you run updates on your PC? Are you still using Server 2003 or Windows XP? Microsoft frequently release updates for their software, but both Server 2003 and Windows XP are no longer supported.

Anti-Virus

What Anti-Virus solution are you using? Do you have an Anti-Virus software installed? Trend Micro, MCS preferred Anti-Virus has been proven to protect against malware infections.

Backup

Are you backing up your important company data? Where is it being stored? If you are infected with malware a fall-back option is to restore your backups.

Vigilance

The most important tip is to be suspicious of any malicious activity. Unknown emails, suspicious websites and programs. Do not open or click on any links if you do not trust them.

But what do you do if you think you are infected? Our advice is to immediately turn off your PC, un-plug it off the network by removing the ethernet cable and give MCS a call. However, if you are ever stuck or want further advice please don't hesitate to contact us either by telephone call or email.

Phone: 0330 024 4222
Email: info@mcsgroup.net


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