I “wannacry” (couldn’t help it) when I think about the proliferation of the recent ransomware attack that affected over 200,000 systems in over 100 countries. Ruthlessly, this malware brought down rail and hospital systems alike. This is where it gets “real” and forces organizations of any size to evaluate their ability to mitigate such invasive and life-threatening attacks.
As the impact from this weekend's WannaCry global ransomware attack continues to spread hour by hour, let’s take a moment to put the attack into context and discuss key methods to protecting your data against such attacks.
Not long ago, IBM introduced their “Smarter Planet” initiative, and not long since, this has had significant impact on consumers. Marketing and advertising campaigns started to appear in markets across the globe provoking thought and innovation. IBM has been leading the way with a host of other innovators to help transform the way in which businesses operate; Innovation has made terms such as Ondemand, sensors IoT common place, paving the way for products and services to enter into the most safe-guarded sanctuaries of society…our homes. The question is however, at what point does this begin to infringe on consumer privacy and begin to sacrifice security for convenience?