Lotus personnel have been closely monitoring the WannaCrypt ransomware worm since Friday. Once it was understood that the worm was taking advantage of Windows systems via a flaw in Server Message Block we reviewed the patch status of systems we manage for this specific patch.
As of Friday, 100% of systems managed by Lotus were patched to cover Microsoft bug MS17-010. Most workstations had been patched by early April after we had tested this patch that been released in March. The few exceptions were workstations that had been refurbished after early April.
As a WebRoot amabassador we were also able to join an early conversation with their engineers to confirm that they had developed definitions to identify and stop the malware as well. WebRoot is installed on 98% of the systems that we manage. Others are monitored by another appropriate solution.
Lotus does utilize automated systems to monitor system patching, but a standard operationg procedure dictates that a human reviews patch status across all servers and workstations every Thursday. At that time we schedule manual patch installation with our team during the next patch window that it is unique for each client based on their work schedule.
In more than five years Lotus has not experienced a widespread malware or virus infection on our client’s managed systems. Our system of bug review, patch testing, installation, and installation review is well honed and works very well.
If you would like more information about WannaCrypt review these articles…
Webroot blog – https://www.webroot.com/blog/2017/05/13/wannacry-ransomware-webroot/
The Register article – https://m.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/13/wannacrypt_ransomware_worm/
To view live infections via Intel – https://intel.malwaretech.com/botnet/wcrypt/?t=24h&bid=all
Thank you for your business. We take our role as your computer security expert very seriously and strive to maintain a thorough system for prevention and protection.
Lotus Management Services, Inc.