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    What We Can Learn From The Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

    May 19, 2021 | 12 minutes

    The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack caused spiking gas prices, panic buying at the pumps and several states to declare a state of emergency. Worse yet, it was totally avoidable.


    In this episode of IT Availability Now, Asher de Metz, Security Consulting Senior Manager at Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) walks us through what we know about the Colonial Pipeline incident and actions organizations should take to avoid becoming the next victim. Learn more about:

    • Who’s responsible for the attack, what was stolen and how Colonial Pipeline responded
    • How ransomware got on Colonial Pipeline’s systems in the first place
    • Steps you can take to protect your business from these kinds of attacks
    • What companies can do RIGHT NOW to make themselves more secure

    Brian Fawcett is a Senior Manager of Global Sales Engagement at Sungard AS. With over 15 years of experience in a range of industries, he specializes in forming enterprise-wide global talent and learning development programs. Brian has enriched corporate learning culture by matching organizational vision and core values to curricula, leading to application and impact.

    As Security Consulting, Senior Manager at Sungard AS, Asher de Metz helps companies identify risks and secure their systems by conducting security audits and tests to avoid cybersecurity attacks. With almost 20 years of experience in information technology and security, Asher has been involved in hundreds of IT-security projects and has provided security counsel to some of the largest companies throughout the U.K., Europe, Middle East and North America within the financial, government, retail, healthcare, insurance and manufacturing industries.

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