15 May Microsoft Encourages Collective Action Against Cyberattacks
May 15, 2017 – Friday’s “WannaCrypt” cyberattack spread as a virus infecting over 200,000 systems around the globe. The software virus originated as a stolen exploit from the National Security Agency in the United States. Microsoft released a security update patch on March 14, but many computers around the world were not updated leaving businesses, governments, and home computers all vulnerable to the software virus.
Microsoft’s blog warns the world accordingly:
The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call. They need to take a different approach and adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world. We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits. This is one reason we called in February for a new “Digital Geneva Convention” to govern these issues, including a new requirement for governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors, rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them. And it’s why we’ve pledged our support for defending every customer everywhere in the face of cyberattacks, regardless of their nationality. This weekend, whether it’s in London, New York, Moscow, Delhi, Sao Paulo, or Beijing, we’re putting this principle into action and working with customers around the world.
We should take from this recent attack a renewed determination for more urgent collective action. We need the tech sector, customers, and governments to work together to protect against cybersecurity attacks. More action is needed, and it’s needed now. In this sense, the WannaCrypt attack is a wake-up call for all of us. We recognize our responsibility to help answer this call, and Microsoft is committed to doing its part.
Cybersecurity for your organization is a collaborative effort with your I.T. management and employees – but the first step begins with the awareness that I.T. risk is a part of corporate risk management. Get a strategy, get policies in place, and get a continuity plan!
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