INTRODUCTION.

As you may be aware from the news, on Friday 12th May a new Ransomware threat was released known as WannaCry. This has hit a number of high profile organisations in 150 different countries and has been described by Europol as being unprecedented in scale.

WHAT WE’RE DOING TO  ENSURE YOUR SECURITY.

Our IT Department is working hard to ensure all client systems are as protected as they can be. Our engineers worked throughout the weekend to identify vulnerable clients and deploy patches where possible. Furthermore, Our IT Department have always been heavily security orientated which is demonstrated by our recent Cyber Essentials qualification.

As part of our security focus nearly all of our clients have multiple layers of security including secure Hardware Firewalls, managed anti-virus and locked down computers. As a result of these policies, we are currently not aware of any outbreaks across our managed clients.

WE ALL NEED TO BE VIGILANT.

Despite this, it is highly likely within the next few hours to days, new versions of the virus will be released which may not be detected by current Anti-Virus software. It is important to note that most Anti-Virus programs are reactive and protect against known threats. This means there is a gap where computers are vulnerable between when a virus is released and when an update is issued by the Anti-Virus vendor.

For this reason, we ask all of our clients to be extra vigilant when browsing websites and opening e-mail attachments.

In particular, when receiving an email with an attachment please ask yourself;

  1. Do I know the sender?
  2. Am I expecting an email with an attachment from this particular sender?
  3. Is anything unusual, for example is the sender using different language than they would normally use, or is a normal email signature missing?

Remember that many virus infections spread to your address book contacts.

CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS.

If you are an Our IT Department client and you suspect your computer has been compromised, or you have received suspicious attachments then the please notify us immediately through the normal channels.

Thank you for your co-operation.

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