As with the recent WannaCry ransomware attack, organisations around the world have again been affected by a new ransomware variant known as the Petya cyber-attack. 

Customers using Sophos Endpoint Protection are protected against all the recent variants of this ransomware.

In addition, customers using Sophos Intercept X were proactively protected with no data encrypted from the moment this new ransomware variant appeared. 

Sophos urges the following defensive measures:

•Ensure systems have the latest patches, including the one in Microsoft’s MS17-010 bulletin.

•Consider blocking the Microsoft PsExec tool from running on users’ computers using a product such as Sophos Endpoint Protection.

•Back up regularly and keep a recent backup copy off-site. 

•Avoid opening attachments in emails from unknown recipients.

•Download the free trial of Sophos Intercept X and, for home (non-business) users, register for the free Sophos Home Premium Beta, which adds advanced protection from ransomware.

To find out more about Intercept X and how it can protect your business from ransomware like Petya and Wanna: Visit the Sophos Petya Resource Page

Please contact the Minerva team on 01707 607100 if you have any questions or concerns.