Mer­ck left the door open to a dev­as­tat­ing cy­ber­at­tack, miss­ing two chances to raise a de­fense

Mer­ck missed two crit­i­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties ear­li­er this year to in­oc­u­late them­selves from the vi­cious cy­ber­at­tack they suf­fered this week, roil­ing op­er­a­tions and rais­ing ques­tions about their lack of prepa­ra­tion to de­fend them­selves.

The June 27 “Petya/Not­Petya” cy­ber­at­tack hit the multi­na­tion­al Mer­ck and sev­er­al oth­er com­pa­nies, such as the law firm DLA Piper, ship­ping gi­ant Maer­sk, and even a West Vir­ginia hos­pi­tal, which was forced to scrap its elec­tron­ic med­ical records in fa­vor of pa­per.

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