The most global cyberattack yet is making thousands of people "Wannacry" because their personal computers are demanding ransom -- or else. And because they know it was oh so preventable.
Computer security experts aren't wowed by the devious sophistication of the Wannacry software that seizes control of computers and displays ransom payment instructions -- usually by untraceable Bitcoin. Ransomware has been around for years and is one of the most common attacks seen on personal computers.
The vulnerability is people. Do you have a backup protocol for all computers that contain work-related informaton in your business? Do you have a policy that sets forth employee responsibility for maintaining safe computing practices, especially for password management, email use and downloading of files from the Internet?
Do you train employees on your computer security policy, incuding onboarding new workers and annual refesher courses?
The ongoing attack that began last week focuses on a vulnerability in outdated Windows XP software, still in use by millions. Microsoft distributed a free patch in March that would have prevented the exploit. But too many people ignore it or didn't understand the importance of allowing it to be installed automatically on their devices.
Ex-FBI agent and security expert Rob Haley has seen firsthand the devastating effects that a hacking attack can have on businesses large and small. His Cybersecurity 101 live training is coming up June 29. It's one hour well spent for employees from the top down in your organization. Because cybersecurity is a people problem, not a technology problem.