PREVENTION IS FUTILE: A STORY THAT WILL MAKE YOU WANNACRY…

2017-05-14

by Marcelo Pereira WannaCry is a great example how neglecting security patches can have a catastrophic impact on businesses. Last week’s big cybersecurity story, the “WannaCry” ransomware attack, makes me think of how bothered I feel when I hear the sentence “Prevention is futile”. The belief that prevention is futile encourages organizations to neglect simple, inexpensive measures that can stop attackers before they get to systems. Instead, they continue to invest on what Verizon once called “super advanced cybertastic APT kryptonite solutions”, which many think are going to save the world. THEY WON’T. Or let me rephrase: there is no silver bullet here. Securing information and systems is a multi-layered discipline and the strength of each layer is directly influenced by the one below. It’s simple: Less prevention means more incidents. More incidents mean more risk of successful breaches. Ask any security analyst and they will tell you they already...