19th November 2019
We’ve recently received two notifications from insurers regarding a serious new threat to computer systems- called the Bluekeep Vulnerability
This weakness in some older versions of Windows can be used to spread malware without authentication or user interaction. It therefore has the potential to create incidents similar to the WannaCry ransomware attack of 2017. Current estimates are that as many as half a million systems could be vulnerable in this way.
This issue is relevant for anyone running the following systems:
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2
(Microsoft Security Guidance is here: https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2019-0708)
It is important that businesses ensure their systems are updated immediately. If you are running Windows 7, it is worth noting that beyond January 2020 Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates for your system.
At Venture, we recognise that many businesses are not fully prepared to prevent and deal with losses from cybersecurity issues. Staying ahead of these cyber threats is not straightforward – if you haven’t already, make sure you speak to us about specialist Cyber Insurance – to keep your business safe.