Are Technology E&O Policies Making You WannaCry?

// June 6, 2017
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By now you have heard of the ransomware “WannaCry” that hit computers in an estimated 150 countries, according to CNBC. The exploit targeted Windows-based systems that were not updated with a March 2017 patch.

A cybersecurity researcher in the UK was able to bring WannaCry to a halt when he found and activated a “kill switch” in the malicious software. The attackers will most likely see how this 22-year-old researcher was able to stop WannaCry, and will then change the code and start again.

The ransomware asked for $300 in crypto currency, which increased to $600 72 hours later. Four days following the attacks, initial reports estimated the hackers made around $50,000, which means only around 167 people paid the ransom. That is a shockingly low number based on the media attention this received. So what did others do that fell victim to WannaCry? They most likely had their systems restored to the point right before they were infected, and most likely outsourced this to a technology professional.

According to IBISWorld, the information technology consultant sector is still in the growth phase with an estimated 2 million consultants nationwide. With a new focus on cloud-based services and managed services, the technology industry is expected to continue growing at a rapid pace.

A very common claim for managed services is failure to backup. While this is basic errors and omissions for the services being provided, some carriers are starting to exclude this important coverage. Often, these claims start with a client asking for their data to be restored from a back-up after they are hit with ransomware like WannaCry. When it is discovered the data is gone, the claim begins to snowball.

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ThomasLangstonWritten by Tom Langston
June 8, 2017