- Published: Monday, 15 May 2017 08:59
There have been some high profile businesses affected by the recent attacks by cyber criminals. Over 20% of NHS systems were affected causing many operations to be rescheduled and thousands of staff to revert to paper records.
The common issue has been linked to running Windows XP on a majority of the equipment which Microsoft no longer supports. We often hear the adage "If its not broke then don't fix it" however Windows XP was a stable system for many years. In a similar way as many old COBOL systems were used until the year 2000 bugs were found. If you think that replacing a PC is costly every 3-5 years then how much will a couple of days of downtime cost you trying to restore systems?
Cyber attacks enter your systems in a number of ways.
1. Email - receiving an email from someone who has been infected or a spam email
2. Web - most cyber attacks come via users accessing websites such as forums or social media sites such as Facebook.