It has been reported that the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has confirmed that it has been dealing with a ransomware attack on its computer systems. The PFEW was able to respond quickly to an alert from its cyber-security n Saturday 9th March, with cyber experts rapidly reacting to isolate the malware to stop it from spreading to PFEW branches.
Expert Comments Below:
Anjola Adeniyi, Technical Leader at Securonix:
“The attack on the Police Federation shows that anyone can become a victim of a ransomware attack. Based on available information, thePolice Federation has isolated the malware, which is a good step in preventing it spreading deeper into the network. To prevent these types of attacks, organisations should teach practise good cyber hygiene, and enable their organisation to avert social engineering attacks.”
Tim Erlin, VP of Product Management & Strategy at Tripwire:
“Every organization should have a plan in place for a successful ransomware attack. While prevention is preferred, the reality is that no security control is perfect. The key to responding to a ransomware attack is to detect quickly, limit the spread and restore systems back to a trusted state. Functional backups are key to recovery, but so is a clear understanding of how systems are configured. Finally, restoring from backups is only useful if you can close the attack vector that allowed the ransomware to gain a foothold in the first place.”