The recent Wannacry ransomware outbreak has focused a lot of attention on cybersecurity, specifically on the use of out-of-support Operating Systems and the critical importance of having an effective patching regime. Almost immediately after the initial analysis that using unpatched Windows XP was a major problem, there was a flurry of activity from the marketing departments of product vendors saying something along the lines of “Use our tool / product / service (delete as appropriate) and you’ll be safe from ransomware.”
But the truth is that there is no single silver bullet which will protect your system and the information it contains from attack. And there are an awful lot of attacks every day. For example, Microsoft reported that in 2016, on average, over one million emails carrying ransomware downloaders were sent every month, with anything between 100,000 and 400,000 thousand actually encrypting one or more computers. And that’s just ransomware…
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