GUEST POST – Deon Olton, Caribbean Cyber Security Center
Bridgetown Barbados:— Caribbean Cyber Security Center.
The penetration of internet access in the Caribbean region has undoubtedly paved the way for greater access to the information superhighway and the benefits of competing on the global stage. However, with this access comes great responsibility and risk and we will soon learn that ignorance is no excuse and what we don’t know can and will hurt us.
“Organizations who continue to run Windows XP, software which cannot adequately detect and protect your information assets, and obsolete software, will make your systems easy targets for hackers and cyber criminals, as these systems will be hardest hit as the level of vulnerabilities and exploits are high and easily available.” This is an extract from the Cyber Security Predictions for 2015 written by the Deon Olton, ICT/Cyber Security Consultant with Caribbean Cyber Security Center.
Cyber security consultants at the Caribbean Cyber Security Center have predicted this level of cyberattacks two years ago based on the threat intelligence available in 2015. Furthermore, we stated that malware and special variants like ransomware will be on the rise across the globe in 2016 and beyond; hence there is no surprise of the recent news.
Almost 72 hours have passed since the WannaCry ransomware attacked computers and networks across the globe. Here’s a recap:
Starting Friday (May 12) hundreds of thousands of computers across 150 countries were hit. Organizations affected include: The UK’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx, Telefonica and Renault. The software infected computer files and demanded a ransom of several hundred dollars payable in Bitcoin.
WannaCry was delivered via a vulnerability discovered in recent Windows Operating Systems, but which was patched back in March 2015.