Brush, Floss, Repeat: How Basic Endpoint Hygiene Can Help Protect You From Ransomware

Earlier this year, Paul Ferrillo and Chris Veltsos recorded a nine-part podcast series complementing their recent book release, “Take Back Control of Your Cybersecurity Now.” Now, Paul and Chris are back to talk with IBM’s Mitch Mayne about current topics in security.

All previous plans for this monthly podcast went out the window with the WannaCry ransomware attack, which Paul rightly deems “the most talked about issue of the year.” Why exactly did WannaCry hit so hard, what could have made it even worse and, at least as important, what can companies do now to prepare for the nearly inevitable next round of attacks?

Listen now to discover why basic endpoint hygiene must form the cornerstone of any security program, even in the era of new cognitive technologies. While tools like Watson for Cyber Security can boost cyber resilience and provide critical support to over-stressed analysts and incident responders, patching and network maintenance are akin to a regular regimen of brushing and flossing — and should not be overlooked as more cutting edge technologies become available.

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Mitch Mayne

Public Information Officer, IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence

Mitch is the Public Information Officer (PIO) for IBM Security X-Force Threat Intelligence, and is responsible for how...