WannaCry Highlights the Importance of Cybersecurity

May’s massive WannaCry ransomware cyberattack has thrown a spotlight on cybersecurity around the globe. Hitting systems in some 150 nations, including major targets such as the UK’s National Health Service, it has served as a dramatic wakeup call to the gravity and universality of today’s cyberthreats.

For those charged with protecting IT systems, the need for action has never been more urgent. Applying Microsoft’s patch is certainly a necessary first step, but more broadly, cybersecurity professionals must step up to lead the way toward a more proactive approach to security. Jonathan Care, research director at Gartner, outlined three steps to take immediately to protect against future attacks of this nature. Step number one? Stop blaming and start figuring out the root causes of your vulnerability. To make sure you’re taking the right steps, read Care’s shortlist of urgent cybersecurity recommendations in response to the spread of WannaCry.

Today’s threats spread fast, morph quickly and pack a potentially lethal punch. Now more than ever, IT security professionals simply must maintain an up-to-the-minute understanding of the best new strategies for protecting the organization against continuously evolving threats. What’s more, it is critical to anticipate the impact of key trends, such as the ongoing transition to the cloud and the rush toward the Internet of Things. All of these topics and more will be explored in-depth at the Security & Risk Management Summit. Be sure to download the Events Navigator app to your mobile device before you go so you can stay on top of any late-breaking additions to the agenda.

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