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Wanna Cry? Then Ignore Cybersecurity

The WannaCry malware is another severe warning to all businesses to take cybersecurity seriously.

On May 12, the largest cyber-attack in history hit 150 different countries. The ransomware, known as WannaCry, infects via a link in a malicious email, encrypts the local files, and spreads to other computers. It then demands a ransom of $300 in bitcoin for the unlock key.

What can, should, and must you do, immediately, to protect your business? For starters, ensure that all computers are patched to the latest Windows update (Mac computers are unaffected).

What else can/should/must you do?

As WannaCry harshly illustrates, a cyber-incident is not an if issue for your business, it’s a when issue. And if you continue to ignore cybersecurity preparedness, when you are breached, you will regret your ignorance.
Jon Hyman is a partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Cleveland. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Hyman’s blog at Workforce.com/PracticalEmployer.