The recent worldwide cyber attack has bring back an old issue regarding computer and, more in general, company security. Are in fact our data well protected? Such a question is very important, especially in a world where almost all aspect of life are directed by a computer connected to the internet.
More than 200,000 machines worldwide have been attacked, apparently using well known breaches of old Microsoft operating system. Big companies and institutions, such as Renault and NHS, had to stop their services.
How is possible a crush at this scale? Symantec and Datto have recently taken a survey regarding ransomware and viruses spreading across companies and corporations with managed service providers.
You will find more statistics at Statista
The results are pretty surprising. In fact more than one out of three infections are due to lack of employees training (eg. operating system or antivirus software not updated) , while a big 68% is due to a combination of malware arriving through email or risky websites. Only a 6% is related to technical or security weakness of the company’s network system.
The vast majority of problems thus is due to a misuse of computers and software… A problem that could be easily solved investing few money on tech skills update courses!