Security advice following cyber-attacks

Chris Lee, managing director of CCS.
Chris Lee, managing director of CCS.

A North East-based telecoms and IT company is warning businesses to tighten their IT security from cyber-attacks.

CCS has seen a surge in enquiries after the recent ransomware cyber-attacks and has urged businesses to be vigil after the widespread disruption.

Ransomware is a programme that locks a computer’s files and hides them away with encrypted technology until a ransom is paid.

This ransomware, known as Wanna Decryptor or WannaCry, brought the NHS to a standstill and so far, has infected over 200,000 machines in 150 countries.

Chris Lee, managing director of CCS, has urged organisations across the North East to consider whether their current IT security is up to scratch and warned of the consequences if it is not.

He said: “The recent cyber-attacks have highlighted the importance of having a robust IT security plan in place.

“It is hard to calculate the exact cost of an attack like this on a business but it has the potential to cost them a lot of time and money.

“What this recent attack does show is the importance of using the most up-to-date operating systems.

“While, hopefully, this strain of the ransomware is now under control there is a possibility that more attacks will be on the way.

“Businesses need to invest in proper cloud-based systems which can protect all computers in a network.”

For more contact CCS on 0191 511 1000.