Masergy's Ray Watson On The Lessons Learned From WannaCry And How To Prevent The Next, More Sophisticated Cyberattack


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Preparing For What's Next

The WannaCry ransomware attacks earlier this month called more attention to evolving IT security threats, like wormable ransomware, and put an emphasis on the need for solution providers to stay vigilant and be proactive when assessing cybersecurity threats.

On May 12, Masergy blogged about the new ransomware variant it was seeing and pointed customers back to a patch that Microsoft issued on March 14. A week later, CRN caught up with Masergy's VP of Global Technology, Ray Watson, at the BCE 2017 event in Austin to discuss the increase in cyberattacks, as well as the opportunities and advantages Masergy's partners and managed security service providers (MSSPs) have in this market.

Masergy has more than 500 employees serving 1,200 enterprise clients in over 80 countries. The company's revenues for its 2016 fiscal year were $276 Million. About 80 percent of Masergy's business comes from partners, and the rest is from direct sales. Watson joined Masergy in 2008.

During our chat, he outlined the four main threats to enterprise IT security and how each one poses a unique threat. Read on to find out more and, fear not, this interview has been edited for content and length. And worms.



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