Understanding “WannaCry” and Preventing the Next Attack

Since Friday, May 12, a ransomware attack known as WannaCry has been causing massive disruptions to organizations across the globe. It’s leveraging a well-known vulnerability in Windows and Windows Server operating systems, which was disclosed two months ago. A patch was available as well for supported products at that time, which excluded End-of-life versions such as Windows XP.

Catching the attackers is proving difficult as they change the malware to continue to avoid detention.

Systems that are properly patched are immune to this attack.

Our View

The WannaCry attacks and its consequences highlight how neglecting security patches can have a catastrophic impact on businesses.

We believe that one of the main reasons for the success of this attack is the gap in processes to remediate known software vulnerabilities.

Flexera’s Software Vulnerability Management products are built to address the specific gaps between IT Security and IT Operations (SecOps), and patch management processes, which leave organizations vulnerable to attacks like this one.

Podcast: Getting Ready for the Next WannaCry Attack

Join Flexera Software’s CISO and VP of Information Security, Conal Gallagher, and Tom Canning, VP, Enterprise Solutions and Strategy as they discuss what we can learn from the WannaCry ransomware attack and some security best practices all organizations should adopt to be better prepared the next time.

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Upcoming Webinar: Prevention is Futile: A story that will make you WannaCry

May 30, 2017

Presented by Marcelo Pereira, Product Marketing Manager, Flexera Software

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How We Can Help…

Below you will find several information pieces that can help you understand WannaCry from a vulnerability management perspective and additional content to inspire and educate you and your team to close the gaps that create opportunities like this one, for hackers to exploit.

White Papers
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    Did you know that Gartner clients report that remediation is a perennial point of failure in vulnerability management projects? Learn how to bridge the SecOps gap of assessing and remediating software vulnerabilities.
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    Did you know that when looking at the Top 50 most common applications, 77.5% of vulnerabilities are in the Non-Microsoft apps? Learn how to close the gap of patching non-Microsoft applications.