IT Security Update from Spectrum IT

Spectrum IT Security

Over the weekend, we have seen an unprecedented attack on the NHS IT infrastructure. The latest updated from Europol estimate that around 200,000 people have been affected in 150 countries. News is also circulating that the government has not invested enough in IT security and that they have ignored several warnings.

Here at Spectrum IT we do not want to speculate or pass blame. There is a lesson to be learned here. In the digital age you cannot make your business’ IT security a second priority. You are now dependant on IT. You cannot ignore this fact. If it goes down, you will suffer a financial loss. This loss cannot be calculated in advance and is only truly known when it happens.

As a manager or a business owner, it is also your responsibility to take reasonable steps to safeguard your IT infrastructure and to secure your customer data. Regardless of what happens, or who has done it, you are ultimately liable for any data breaches of your customer data.

Just installing anti-virus software on your PC is no longer sufficient. Security is now a lot more complex and with social engineering, your anti-virus programme will not protect you. These attackers do not just target big companies and government institutions, they also attack small businesses indiscriminately.

What Actions have we taken:

– SPECTRUM IT SUPPORT CUSTOMERS

If you are currently on our support programme, we have taken immediate steps to further safeguard your network. Europol has now indicated that they are expecting more attacks on Monday. We are forcing any outstanding updates that users may have postponed and we are restricting the use of USB drives until they have been securely scanned.

We have also changed any management passwords that are older that 2 months and are bringing forward any outstanding firmware upgrades on all networked devices.

– NON-CONTRACT IT SUPPORT CUSTOMERS

Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can arrange a plan to make sure your network and PCs are secure.

In the meantime, make sure all software and operating systems are up to date, and change your passwords if they have not been changed in the last 2 months. Please also make sure you have a reputable ant-virus software with anti-malware and firewall, running on your PC and laptop and that it is up to date. Most these software updates at least once a day.

WHAT NEXT?

In the coming 2 weeks, we will release more information on how to make your IT systems safer. However, if you would like to discuss any security concerns, please contact us as soon as possible and we will be happy to help where we can.

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