DXC VP: WannaCry Attack Was Preventable (AFCEA)


In business as in life, whenever something goes terribly wrong, there is a reflexive tendency to start talking about what should have been done and to affix blame instead of focusing on how to move forward successfully. Cyber attacks are certainly no exception.

I simply WannaCry.

The virulent ransomware strain known by this name seized control of computers until victims paid an extortion fee. At least 100 countries were affected in mid-May, and Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) was hit hard by the massive encryption of sensitive data, locking doctors and nurses out of patients’ records unless they ponied up. One-fifth of NHS trusts—the regional bodies that run British hospitals—were affected by the global ransomware campaign, which also took down the information technology systems of general surgeons and dentists across the country.