Greetings. This edition of the Update is devoted to resources designed to help you and your enterprise cope with Petya, the latest worldwide ransomware attack. As always, please let me know what you think, about Petya, ransomware, cybersecurity, and/or this Update. Thanks in advance.
Petya: Like WannaCry, but Different
The latest Petya ransomware attack variant has affected systems and enterprises around the world, similarly to its best-known immediate predecessor, WannaCry. Petya first surfaced as ransomware in 2016. However, as The Verge reported, this latest variant may have been designed for purposes other than simply separating affected enterprises from their data and money. Some experts argue that Petya is actually an attack on Ukraine by a nation state, disguised as traditional ransomware.
What We Say: Whatever its purpose, this latest, more advanced Petya attack has affected systems at commercial and government enterprises in multiple countries beyond Ukraine. In addition, and perhaps more important, Petya, with its similarities to WannaCry and occurrence so soon after that attack, is yet another clarion call for more and better cybersecurity. Increasingly, ransomware attacks are about much more than demands for money to unlock your systems and data. While the money here hasn’t panned out, the malware is designed to spread from a single system with its ransom message to your entire network—rapidly. That’s where the real danger lies.
To help you improve cybersecurity at your enterprise, here are links to several free resources from Ivanti.
On-demand webinars, featuring Ivanti cybersecurity experts:
- Petya And Weaponized Malware: Is Ransomware the New DDoS Attack?
- WannaCry: It Wasn’t the First, It Won’t be the Last. So Now What?
- June Patch Tuesday update
Complimentary white papers:
- From Forrester Research: Ransomware Protection Best Practices and The Forrester Wave: Endpoint Security
- From the Ivanti Cybersecurity Team: 9 Steps to Protect Against Ransomware
Ivanti: Here to Help
Ivanti offers multiple solutions designed to deliver defense in depth to your enterprise. And right now, you can acquire select combinations of Ivanti cybersecurity solutions at discounts of up to 30 percent. Check out the offer details, then get the Ivanti software best matched to your environment. You can also get free trials of Ivanti patch management solutions.