Maersk rebuilt hefty IT infrastructure a mere 10 days after NotPetya attack

The attack cost the company at least $250m, but was "an important wake-up call"

Shipping

Shipping firm Maersk rebuilt its entire infrastructure in just ten days in order to recover from the NotPetya malware epidemic, the company has revealed.

Speaking at a panel as part of this week's World Economic Forum in Davos, the chairman of the logistics group Jim Hagemann Snabe said that the malware outbreak necessitated a full reinstallation of vast numbers of systems and applications.

"We basically found that we had to reinstall our entire infrastructure," he said. "We had to install 4,000 new servers, 45,000 new PCs and 2,500 applications - and that was done in a heroic effort over ten days."

"Normally - I come from the IT industry - you would say that would take six months; it took ten days. A heroic effort, and I can only thank the employees and partners we had on doing that."

The incident, he said, was "an important wake-up call". The company learned a number of important lessons, including the fact that Maersk was "basically average" when it came to cybersecurity. The company now has a plan to improve its security capabilities and transform them into a business asset, rather than a potential liability.

Snabe also spoke of the value of openness and collaboration in the area of cybersecurity, noting that what happened to Maersk can happen to other companies, and that a greater understanding of the problem is required.

The NotPetya outbreak had a huge impact on Maersk - the firm apparently lost between $250m and $300m as a direct result of the attack, and was forced to conduct its business manually without the aid of IT systems while the damage was repaired. Impressively, the company only saw a drop of around 20% in volume despite this.

Featured Resources

2021 Thales cloud security study

The challenges of cloud data protection and access management in a hybrid and multi cloud world

Free download

IDC agility assessment

The competitive advantage in adaptability

Free Download

Digital transformation insights from CIOs for CIOs

Transformation pilotes, co-pilots, and engineers

Free download

What ITDMs did next - and what they should be doing now

Enable continued collaboration and communication for hybrid workers

Recommended

Sabbath hackers are targeting US schools and hospitals
ransomware

Sabbath hackers are targeting US schools and hospitals

29 Nov 2021
Out-of-hours ransomware attacks have a greater impact on revenue
ransomware

Out-of-hours ransomware attacks have a greater impact on revenue

18 Nov 2021
US and Israel join forces to fight ransomware
ransomware

US and Israel join forces to fight ransomware

15 Nov 2021
Hackers could use new Wslink malware in highly targeted cyber attacks
malware

Hackers could use new Wslink malware in highly targeted cyber attacks

1 Nov 2021

Most Popular

What should you really be asking about your remote access software?
Sponsored

What should you really be asking about your remote access software?

17 Nov 2021
How to move Microsoft's Windows 11 from a hard drive to an SSD
Microsoft Windows

How to move Microsoft's Windows 11 from a hard drive to an SSD

24 Nov 2021
UK and Singapore align closer on digital trade
Policy & legislation

UK and Singapore align closer on digital trade

1 Dec 2021