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No doubt you’ve read the recent news that NHS services across England have been hit by a large-scale cyberattack and they have elected to protect their IT systems by shutting them down as a precaution.

One point to note from this, is that the attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS. It is affecting organisations across a range of sectors. The ransomware spread is agnostic. It is not bothered by size or value (the ransom request itself is only reported to be £230). Small businesses to large enterprises are being hit. It is widely reported that over 100 countries have been hit by the “WannaCry” ransomware.

It has become apparent that the attack was started by exploiting a vulnerability in a software and then, in turn, a dial back being started to the domain, which hit the target endpoint. This has been replicated thousands of times globally. The technology behind the attack is nothing special in the scheme of how second generation malware has moved on in recent years. This is a relatively straightforward attack. It is a very worrying state of affairs that so much damage has been caused.

What SMBs need to understand is that they do not have the recourses to be able to deal with attacks like this, in the same way, the NHS does. They don’t have unlimited funds to throw at a resolution or deal with the inconvenience.

An attack like this could ruin an SMB.

With over 3 billion known security breaches affecting small, medium and large enterprises within the last 12 months, it is critical that your organisation has a robust strategy towards cyber security.

We take a proactive approach to IT security and use a combination of industry leading tools designed to provide businesses with extremely high levels of protection for their data and systems. We offer a multi-layered approach to security, securing your infrastructure, endpoints, mobile devices and internet connections against emerging cyber threats.

CSG’s next generation, end-point protection adds technologies on top of your current endpoint security to give you complete, layered protection. The days of straightforward file scanning are long gone. Your goal is now to prevent threats from reaching your devices, stop them before they run, detect them if they have bypassed preventative methods, and not just clean up malware, but analyze and undo everything it does to your endpoints. Sophos Intercept X uses multiple layers of technology, allowing you to create your own tailored next-generation endpoint security solution.

For any advice, help or recommendations around cyber security call us on 0330 400 5465 or alternatively e-mail

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