On May 12th, the world has seen the biggest cyber-attack in Internet history! WannaCry, a ransomware worm/virus spread over the world infecting more than 200.000 systems.
Ransomware viruses are not new. The first encrypting ransomware was the ‘AIDS’ Trojan written by Joseph Popp in 1989. But we see that the popularity has increased tremendously the last years.
There are 2 types of ransomware attacks:
Typically, attackers target businesses for various reasons:
Central server infrastructure can help mitigate the risks of such attacks. In a central server infrastructure, all the workload is executed on several well-managed servers and the client needs no direct access to the servers. The IT administrators can control who accesses what resources, make sure the servers are adequately patched and have up to date anti-virus software.
Awingu is a workspace aggregator which acts as the gatekeeper towards such a central infrastructure. End users don’t need access to the file shares. They access it through their browser or their virtual applications.
In case an end user device (corporate owned or BYOD) is infected with the virus the data is not compromised as there is no direct link towards the file servers. Furthermore, the end users can just take another machine and continue working (the only thing they need is a browser) and this way lower the loss of productivity.
5/18/2017 by Pieter De Clerck