Cyber attack - police/NCSC guidance for members

Posted on May 16th, 2017

Following the global cyber attack on Friday, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the police have asked the Chamber to pass information to members.

The full statement from the NCSC regarding the recent ransomware attack can be found at

For the most up to date guidance on combatting the recent ransomware attack visit

The Microsoft technical description of the malware used in the attack can be found at

To help reduce the risk of falling victim to a similar attack in future, members are urged to follow this guidance:

  • Understand the 'technical estate' that you are responsible for - not just computers but things like smartphones, printers, network switches as well

  • Install the latest updates on all software on all systems within your network (Microsoft has released a patch relevant to the recent malware for legacy Windows XP systems

  • Use Anti-Virus software at all times and ensure that it is also updated

  • Regularly backup your system or critical data to a storage device that is not within the same network. Consider cloud storage options where suitable.
  • If you believe you have been a victim of a ransomware attack, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at

    Further comprehensive guidance on securing your business can be found on the Government’s Cyber Aware website at

    General NCSC guidance is available on

  • how to protect yourself from ransomware

  • patching systems
  • Specific NCSC work with the tech community on mitigating this malware can be found at

    Upcoming Cyber Security events for your diary:
    Cyber Resilience: How to prepare to protect your business
    Date:Wednesday 17 May 2017 – 4pm to 6pm
    Venue: Loughborough University
    East Midlands Cyber Security Forum: The Cyber Connected World
    Date:Tuesday 6 June 2017 – 6pm to 8.30pm
    Venue:University of Nottingham
    East Midlands Cyber Security Conference 2017
    Date:Thursday 6 July 2017 – 9am to 4pm
    Venue:MediCity, Nottingham

    Digital Growth Programme
    The Chamber is the delivery partner for the Digital Growth Programme, an EU-funded programme, offering SME businesses in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge in the use of digital technology, including cyber security. For more information on the Digital Growth Programme, visit

    Member offer:
    The East Midlands Chamber has teamed up with Chamber patron Economit to offer a free cyber health check to all members. Members will receive a free consultation to examine the extent of their risk to cyber crime and offer guidance on steps to reduce those risks. To register your interest please email cbrelhecdlc.kyehat@m-n.ou