Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Governance & Risk Management , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development

How to Prepare for the Next WannaCry

Ransomware Outbreak Was a 'Wake-Up Call,' Says Dan Schiappa of Sophos
How to Prepare for the Next WannaCry
Dan Schiappa, Sophos

The WannaCry ransomware outbreak was a huge "wake-up call" for the global information security community, says Dan Schiappa of Sophos. It's time now to patch those legacy systems and prepare for the inevitable next big crimeware scare, he says.

"We've made progress over the years in making IT security a priority," Schiappa says. "But when you have an outbreak like this, people have to look retrospectively at what [security] investment they've made, what their portfolio and ensemble of protections are, and how are they executing against the basics."

In an interview with Information Security Media Group (see audio link below photo) about lessons learned from WannaCry, Schiappa discusses:

  • His assessment of how organizations responded to the incident;
  • How some organizations successfully deflected the attack;
  • What security leaders can do to prepare for subsequent high-profile strikes.

Schiappa is senior vice president and general manager, Sophos end-user and network security groups. In this role, he is responsible for the overall product strategy, product management, architecture, research and development, product quality and release plans for both groups, including recent innovations in next-generation endpoint and firewall products.

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