The Ivanti Threat Thursday Update for June 29, 2017: Petya Returns

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:

Complimentary white papers:

Blog posts:

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.

Put Ivanti to work improving cybersecurity at your enterprise today. And keep reading our Patch Tuesday and Threat Thursday updates, to help keep your protections up to date.

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