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Cyber Report

A major ransomware attack has affected a large amount of organizations across the world including Telefonica in Spain, the National Health Service in the UK, and FedEx in the US. The malware responsible for this attack is a ransomware virus known as 'WannaCry'.

Analysis has shown that U.K. businesses were subjected to an average of 230,000 cyber-attacks each in 2016. The number of attacks on individual companies' firewalls breached 1,000 per day, on Average, in November last year, according to internet service provider (ISP) Beaming.

Ransomware antivirus detections increased by 36 percent compared to 2015, rising from an average of 933 per day in 2015 to 1,270 per day in 2016.

Top 5 Tips for staying protected:

1. Make safe and secure backups - Once your files are encrypted, your options are limited. Recovery from backups is one of them. Backups often are also out of date and missing critical information. With this attack, we recommend trying to recover the 'shadow volume' copies some versions of Windows have, some ransomware can also target backup files, though.

2. Update and patch your systems - The latest ransomware was successful because of a combination of factors. Those include a known and highly dangerous security hole in Microsoft Windows, users who didn't apply Microsoft's March software fix, and malware designed to spread quickly once inside university, business and government networks.

3. Use antivirus software - Using antivirus software will protect you from the most basic, well-known viruses by scanning your system against their known 'fingerprints'. Low-end criminals take advantage of less-savvy users with these viruses, even though malware is constantly changing and antivirus is frequently days behind detecting it.

4.Educate your workforce - Basic protocol such as stressing that workers shouldn't click on questionable links or open suspicious attachments can save headaches.
System administrators should ensure that employees don't have unnecessary access to parts of the network that aren't critical to their work.

5.If hit, don't 'wait and see' - Some organisations disconnect computers as a precautionary measure. Shutting down a network can prevent the continued encryption - and possible loss - of more files.
Hackers will sometimes encourage you to keep your computer on and linked to the network, but don't be fooled.
If you're facing a ransom demand and locked out of your files, law enforcement and cybersecurity experts discourage paying ransoms because it gives incentives to hackers and pays for their future attacks.

The reality is that you or your business will suffer from Cybercrime, today, tomorrow, next week. Who knows? The attack may already have happened and you could be mid-way through an attack, that you may currently know nothing about.

Don’t leave it until it’s too late. If you believe you may be infected or targeted for attack and need help, assistance or even some friendly guidance, regarding the recent Ransomware attack, contact RedDrum without any delay. - Tel: 03333 449797 | Email: Or visit: https://www.reddrum.co.uk/cyber/ for more information.

Published in Cyber
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:16

RedDrum to the rescue

RedDrum to the rescue

RedDrum engineers have been pleased to assist a leading local food producer, whose systems had been compromised by Russian hackers. Unfortunately, some damage had already been done before RedDrum were involved. Prevention is definitely better (and much less disruptive and expensive!) than cure. See the comprehensive and free RedDrum guide to Cybercrime prevention. https://www.reddrum.co.uk/cyber

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:10

Neighbourhood Alert Scam

Neighbourhood Alert Scam

Even the systems that have been set up to warn of cybercrimes, are themselves subject to attack. The Neighbourhood Alert System, has recently been the subject of a phising attack (phising? see https://www.reddrum.co.uk/cyber/current-cybercrimes-spearphishing). It has been forced to issue an email to all subscribers warning of a phishing attack, purporting to come from the Neighbourhood Alert system. Cybercrime has no limits.

Published in Blog
Friday, 27 March 2015 14:48

Our range of services

At RedDrum IT, we offer an expansive range of IT Services that includes anything from Managed IT Support to configuring mobile devices for remote working. Whatever your business needs, we are on hand to help you every step of the way. Our IT business management solutions are specifically designed to create a ‘lean’ profile within your business operations, improving business processes and productivity levels.

In a world where IT is constantly changing and evolving, we continuously work to deliver the most efficient and up to date solutions, so our clients are maximising their business operations and productivity potential through IT. We work with our clients to create bespoke solutions that will have a meaningful impact on their business now, and for the future. Our systems are designed to provide our clients with the facility to monitor, adjust and improve processes along the way for continued efficiency and effectiveness.

Our dedicated team of IT engineers each has their own unique skills that can help transform your business IT into a streamlined system. Our high level of business management services, utilise remote working, management and automation software and proactive network management to ensure a consistent level of service.

In 2015, to augment the skills of our engineers, RedDrum IT invested heavily in award winning network monitoring software. This software allows RedDrum IT engineers to quickly detect, diagnose and resolve network performance issues, often before our clients are even aware that a problem exists. All businesses have ‘mission critical’ applications and resources.  RedDrum IT engineers have the ability not only to diagnose faults and issues but also the facility to automatically respond to and fix, any number of problems.

In ‘mission critical’ environments, such as a manufacturing facility or a professional sports stadium, it is vital that downtime is, where possible, completely eliminated, or in case of an emergency, absolutely minimised. Red Drum IT can ensure that your ‘mission critical’ systems function.

We do our best to cover as many areas of IT Support services as possible, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for below or would like to discuss your requirements in more detail, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 03333 449797.

 

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    Management
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  • Online Backups
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  • Security Audits
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  • Cisco Networking
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  • Tablet Configuration
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