Gartner Research

Simple Lessons You Must Learn From WannaCry

Published: 29 June 2017

ID: G00320825

Analyst(s): Ian McShane


Ransomware is the payload, or the outcome, of a malware infection that leads to the unwanted encryption of data. Security and risk management leaders can prevent most of these attacks through a solid baseline of security. WannaCry was no exception.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Don't Blame Vendors; Get Your House in Order
    • Exploit and Vulnerability
    • Payload
    • Microsoft MS17-010 Security Update
  • Basic Operational Security Hygiene Is Critical
  • Business and IT Disaster Recovery Plans Should Expand Backup to Endpoints and Include Business-Level Manual Operating Procedures
  • Advanced Capabilities Can Help Reduce the Threat Surface

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