Bristol Airport Ransomware; an all too human failing.
The key question here is; were they deliberately targeted because they are an airport? Initial indications suggest that it was speculation rather than specific but it is certainly worrying when high-risk public services are caught and affected by cyber-attacks. Hackers identifying high-risk, high-yield targets such as air traffic control or blue-light services is likely to increase. Although no Ransomware was paid in the case of Bristol Airport, it was fortunate that it was only non-critical systems, which were affected.
So what is the measure that organisations such as airports, airlines and public services can take to mitigate against these all too frequent attacks? Ransomware is an attack that is often perpetrated via email, with links or attachments embedded into messages luring staff to click, with devastating consequences. Making sure staff stick with security processes and understand the risks is a key part of security protection and the human aspect of this is the most difficult to control and measure.
Node4’s team of security experts run a host of specialised managed services under the Security as a Service heading (SECaaS). We can provide Phishing Campaigns that companies can use to measure the level of staff compliance and understanding of security policy. It is only by measuring employee understanding and their willingness to comply with security processes that companies have any chance of combating the risk that hackers prey upon. No matter how many layers of protection security experts put in place, the weakest link is the human element. Managing that human portion is essential in any cyber-security strategy.
If you would like more information on how Node4 can harden your security stance, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0845 123 2222.