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Deeper Lessons From This Week’s Massive Ransomware Attack

Over the last week, a massive ransomware attack with the moniker WannaCry impacted tens of thousands of computers around the world. This cyberattack disrupted organizations as diverse as hospitals in the UK, auto maker Renault in France, and FedEx in the United States.

Now the fingerpointing begins – and there’s plenty of blame to go around. Top of the list are the criminals themselves, of course: a hacking group that calls themselves the ‘Shadow Brokers.’

The blame doesn’t end there, however. Researchers credit the NSA for creating and weaponizing the ransomware code in the first place. And then there are the folks who stole the code from the NSA – who may or may not be the same people as the Shadow Brokers.

None of these attacks would have been successful, however, if it weren’t for additional culpable parties: IT administrators around the world who simply failed to install a two-month-old software patch from Microsoft.

The Blame Game in the Enterprise

Unpatched software is, in fact, one of the most significant categories of vulnerability in enterprises today, as I warned in an article for Forbes back in April 2015. You would think that the title of the article — The Cybersecurity Risk That Dwarfs All Others – would be enough of a wakeup call to have stopped the WannaCry attack dead in its tracks.

Why, then, did so many Windows systems remain unpatched, two months after Microsoft issued the fix? To answer this question, we must dig below the obvious answers.

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/05/14/deeper-lessons-from-this-weeks-massive-ransomware-attack/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, Microsoft is an Intellyx customer. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: Harald Groven.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).