|  Shumway Marshall, Digital Director

Global cyber attack on businesses – What you need to know

Cyber attack

Global brands like Mondelez (MDLZ), the maker of Oreos and Nabisco, and US-based companies like pharmaceutical company Merck and law firm DLA Piper have reported a cyber attack on their IT systems. While many companies are now assessing the damage, ABC News reports that a Pennsylvania health network that is still unable to offer lab and diagnostic services at 14 community and neighborhood offices for a second straight day. 

As the attack is spreading to businesses throughout Europe and the United States, we thought you would appreciate some resources to protect your company, and, if your systems are breached, what to do. 

CNN Money has an excellent article about what we know about the attack, who has been hit so far, and tips on how to prepare for it.

The article notes that computers with out-of-date Windows operating systems are vulnerable to the attack. If you have Windows, make sure you have the most recent update installed. If there's even one out-of-date machine on a company's network, it could infect other connected computers.

Also, check out Business Forward’s webinar with cyber expert Anil Montrose from EY. He discusses types of cyber threats, what companies are most at risk, and helpful tips to make sure you are prepared for an attack.

If you find other useful resources, please email info@businessfdw.org or tag @BusinessForward on Twitter so we can share them.

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