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Beware of ransomware cyber attack in SA

DURBAN - As European authorities reel from a mass ransomware cyber attack that also infected Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), local cyber experts say South African companies and government departments must brace themselves.

DURBAN - As European authorities reel from a mass ransomware cyber attack that also infected Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), local cyber experts say South African companies and government departments must brace themselves.

Cyber security expert Dr Aleksandar Valjarevic said the best way to prevent cyber attacks was to update software.

“The most important thing is to install all the updates that are sent to users, not just on operating systems but for all software being used.”

He advised people not to open e-mails that looked suspicious and to be aware that anti-virus and firewalls did not give full protection.

“Make sure the data backup system is in place and that the recovery plan is in place so that even if you become a victim of a ransomware attack, you are able to control the situation and restore your data,” Valjarevic advised.

Read the full Daily News article here.