Ransomware, Your Applications and the Public Cloud: Lessons for the Cloudless

By Adam Stern | Data Center Post

In May, the ransomware worm WannaCry fueled a massive attack that paralyzed some 300,000 computers in 150 countries, disabling systems at public hospitals throughout the U.K. along with those connected to Telefonica, the Spanish telecom provider, among other victims.

WannaCry wreaked havoc – but, tellingly, not at the big public cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, Amazon’s AWS, IBM and Rackspace.  And not at smartly managed midsize public cloud providers, either.

In this turn of events is a counterintuitive lesson about what was indeed a major hack.  The experience of public cloud providers should put to rest the notion that the cloud isn’t safe.  WannaCry makes a compelling argument that the cloud is in fact the safest place to be in a cyber hurricane.  Internal IT departments, fixated on their own in-house mixology, were affected big-time, raising the very legitimate question of why some roll-your-own organizations devote precious resources – including, with WannaCry, Bitcoins — to those departments in the belief that the cloud is a snakepit.

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