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Recent Malware/Ransomware Cyberattacks

2017-05-16 11:29:00


This is an urgent communication related to the recent malware/ransomware cyberattacks, which have been in the news over the last couple of days. For more information on this cyberattack, reference this article: http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/15/technology/ransomware-cyberattack-protect-myself/index.html

To protect your systems, we recommend you and all users of your home computers verify the “Windows Updates” functionality is turned on and set to automatically download and install all updates:

  • for each workstation in your office,
  • for home computers

Why is this important?

  • The “Windows Updates” functionality installs fixes (patches) to many aspects of your computer which eliminates vulnerabilities. 

What action should be taken?

  • Prior to turning on “Windows Updates”, create a “Windows Restore Point”.
  • Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 - for these operating systems, the “Windows Updates” functionality is optional. Please verify “Windows Updates” is set to “On”.
  • Windows 10 - Windows Updates is set to “On” by default. Unless the setting was manually turned off, systems updates and patches should be current. Please validate “Windows Updates” is on.
  • Upon setting “Windows Updates” to “On”, initiate a manual scan.  Download and install all updates.

Who should you contact with questions?
Contact your local IT administrator or windows support for:

  • Assistance in completing the recommended above steps (or refer to: support.Microsoft.com).
  • Questions if you believe there is malware or ransomware on your personal equipment. 

As a continuing reminder, we recommend you remain aware of potential phishing emails.   Do not click on file attachments or links within emails from unfamiliar senders.