19 May Theres No Crying in IT – If You Utilize Network Assessments
Combatting Ransomware and the WannaCry Crisis
By Win Pham, Vice President of Development, RapidFire Tools
Interestingly enough, the Chinese word for “crisis” is composed of two characters: One means “danger” and the other, “opportunity.” According to a report in ZDNet on May 18, the recent WannaCry ransomware infected more than 300,000 PCs last week, spreading chaos through hospitals and businesses in multiple countries, encrypting data and demanding a ransom for its release. Yet this outbreak also presents an opportunity for MSPs looking to protect their customers—or gain new customers. Many a business owner is likely shaken by the awareness that the WannaCry virus and the ransomware-enhancing “Eternal Blue” tool has struck in their hearts. The truth is, customers who are not actively engaged with security are not prepared for such attacks.
But what if a simple security offering could protect your customers from these and other potentially devastating disruptions? While ransomware can’t be entirely eradicated, an in-the-know MSP can mitigate its damage by limiting Internet access from the customer’s network. Through IT assessment and detection tools, an MSP can mitigate network vulnerability attacks by identifying vulnerabilities early and addressing them.
The Detector SDS (Service Delivery System) is designed for MSPs such as yourself, empowering you to quickly bring a new security offering to market for your existing customers. With network assessment tools in place, there’ll be fewer tears.