Steve Sutcliffe

Steve Sutcliffe

Group CTO
Following on from the potentially devastating WannaCry NHS ransomware attacks earlier this month, we have been inundated with requests about how businesses can safeguard against future attacks.
As IT support specialists, part of our day-to-day routine involves keeping an eye out for any potential dangers that could be set to strike and making sure our clients are protected. And while some attacks are impossible to predict, we make it our business to try and stay one step ahead by researching possible threats.

One would-be menace that came to our attention recently, and really expounds the virtues of keeping your computer’s operating system updated, is a Microsoft vulnerability that could cause serious damage to any systems that are not currently up-to-date. Detected at the start of May by Google’s team of security analysts, and known as Project Zero, if left unaddressed this particular threat had the potential to allow attackers to mount large-scale cyber-attacks.

Tasked with finding what are known as ‘zero-day’ vulnerabilities in computer software that hackers could exploit, the Project Zero team has been tirelessly working against would-be cyber attackers since 2014. This latest vulnerability was reported as capable of working against a default Windows install, meaning that victims wouldn’t need to download additional software for the system to become vulnerable. On top of that, the attacks would be ‘wormable’, with the ability to spread without user interaction. Microsoft’s security patches for its software products fall on what are known in the industry as ‘Patch Tuesday’, the second and occasionally fourth Tuesday of the month. Luckily, rather than waiting for the next ‘Patch Tuesday’ to roll around before releasing a security update to tackle the vulnerability.

At Dynamic, providing added peace of mind is just one of the benefits we offer our clients. If you’d like to find out more about what else we can offer, get in touch today.

Steve's insights and advice

Prior preparation

Prior preparation

"History is littered with examples of people and organisations who underestimated how their needs would change in the future, and regretting it further down the line."
 
Partitioning networks

Partitioning networks

"You’ve probably been advised, at some point in your lift, to ‘get your priorities straight’. Whether that means something as simple as studying for an exam instead of watching television or putting time with family ahead of a night out, prioritising can often be difficult. "