It must have been quite the challenge to have gone through this entire weekends news cycle without hearing something about a major cyber-attack in the form of Ransomware that has ‘crippled’ the NHS in the UK, Telefonica in Spain and other organisations.
The particular strain that caused such mayhem over the weekend fortunately contained a kill-switch, which was activated inadvertently by a UK-based Security researcher. Unfortunately, we have already seen new versions of this Ransomware appear without the kill-switch, so the chaos is likely only temporarily averted.
Much of the talk in the press has been on Windows XP and how vulnerable it is, but this shouldn’t let people get away from the fact that lacklustre Security is going to put you at risk, whichever OS you are running.
Over the weekend, our technical team conducted a number of tests with WannaCrypt0r and Palo Alto Networks Security products and we’re pleased to report that the malicious software was contained safely and without harm on our test environments. A fact that has also been confirmed by numerous customers contacting Palo Alto, grateful that their product kept them safe from such a major issue.
The Palo Alto Networks Next Generation platform was able to automatically create, deliver and enforce protections against this attack.