In wake of the wide ranging ransomware attack on Tuesday targeting a number of high profile companies, including WPP, Ashish Bhasin, Chairman and CEO South Asia - Dentsu Aegis Network, said on Wednesday that cyber attacks are the new reality the world is faced with and needs to be vigilant against.
“I think cyber attacks are a new reality the world has yet to come to grips with. It is a bit of a cat and mouse game where the hackers are always trying to be one step ahead while the users are trying to find the best protection that they can get. Amongst other things, the only real precaution you can take is that legal software is used, proper anti-virus software systems are in place, particularly in servers holding large amounts of data, and most importantly, which is not that commonly done in India, the users should be adequately sensitized on the kind of mails that could be potentially harmful,” said Bhasin.
“Equipment which is not authorized should not be allowed to be plugged to company systems, regular updates on the protection software should be carried out, strictly only legal software should be used and the moment there is anything suspicious, the same should be reported to IT. I think as a country, India is often unprepared but of late, the awareness levels are rapidly rising because the cost involved in the potential disruption to business is just too high,” he added.