As you are no doubt aware, there has been an outbreak of a ‘ransomware’ type of computer virus called WannaCry, which is affecting PC users in countries around the world including the NHS and FedEx.

WannaCry exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft, who released a software patch to fix it in March, however many users fail to install updates and patches on their computers meaning vulnerabilities can remain open a lot longer and make it easier to exploit.

It is believed this attack has led to 57,000 infections in 99 countries. If you have been affected, the National Cyber Security Centre has advice on steps to take: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware

Up to 80% of cyber-attacks can be prevented by undertaking Cyber Essentials, the Government-backed cyber security certification scheme that sets out a good baseline of cyber security suitable for all organisations in all sectors. https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/cyberessentials

We are advising businesses to consider buying Cyber Liability insurance – to find out more about this cover or for a quotation please call 020 8207 7385.

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