WannaCry? We don’t!

On Monday morning, millions of workers returned to their desks after the weekend, hesitantly signing into their PC’s unsure of whether they were victims of the WannaCry ransomware attack. This vicious attack which spread worldwide to 150 countries demanded victims pay money in order to be allowed back into their system and recover files. FedEx, the NHS and Renault are just some of the corporations who fell victim to the malicious hackers.

Hackers are very vicious and very clever. They look at ways to break into a computer system by finding routes which combat usual security measures such as passwords. This is so they have access to important files and data, usually with a monetary motive in mind. As the world has become so centred on technology and the internet, hackers are having a field day. Vital information is stored online and when in the hands of the wrong person can cause a lot of damage.

How do you know you can trust your supplier after the recent ransomware attacks? Simple. Look at their accreditations. The crème de la crème of data management accreditations, ISO 27001, is what we proudly hold at Forth and represents the way that we work in order to put clients’ data as our first and foremost priority. Only companies who have a thorough audit completed by external auditors who feel confident sturdy procedures are in place to protect against cyber-attacks are successful in gaining such an esteemed accreditation. An ISO 27001 accreditation proves a company has structured their practices in order to protect data and prevent risks when it comes to data security.

In summary, no accreditation, no thank you! With Forth Communication data security is paramount. You can’t put a price on peace of mind, so we don’t, our accreditations speak for us. Finally, a big shout out to all the IT gurus who worked relentlessly over the weekend to make sure systems were safe! You are the real MVP.