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British businesses have learned nothing from WannaCry

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Despite its destructive power, last year's huge WannaCry cyberattack has done very little to prompt businesses to react. 

This is according to a new report by Tanium. Based on a poll of 500 frontline IT security workers in the UK, a third admitted that nothing has changed since WannaCry, which affected businesses of all sizes across the world.

The report also claims that 40 per cent are even more exposed now than they were a year ago, with 31 per cent saying their company invested in new security solutions since the WannaCry incident.

When WannaCry struck, there was immediate concern. However, this worry did not translate into long-term action, the report concludes.

It says that businesses are struggling with patching, and that the need to innovate fast is leaving them vulnerable.

“It's genuinely concerning that U.K. organisations claim to have learnt lessons from WannaCry but are struggling to take actions to stop a similar attack from happening again,” commented Matt Ellard, vice president, EMEA at Tanium.

“The attack, which grabbed headlines all over the world, should have been a wake-up call for businesses to get their houses in order. However, legacy systems and architecture, fear of patching, fragmentation of point solutions, limited budgets and silos that exist within the IT operations and security teams are still leaving UK firms vulnerable to attack.”

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.