The subject of ransomware no longer needs an introduction. We recently looked ahead to the Advanced Ransomware Threats (ARTs) of the future, but it’s equally important to look at the topic at a lower level to understand the ransomware families that are threatening your organization.
By now we’re all familiar with the current generation of ransomware threats. While we’re seeing higher-profile ransomware attacks in the news (especially in the healthcare industry), the reality is that the majority of ransomware incidents are mostly opportunistic.
Between April 2015 and March 2016, there were 2,315,931 reported ransomware attacks.
Ransomware is the biggest topic in the cybersecurity community right now – but this certainly doesn’t mean it’s a new concept. Malware capable of encrypting files on infected machines has existed since 1989, but today’s cyber attacks are far more sophisticated.
For 9 straight years now, Verizon has released the Data Breach Investigations Report to give cybersecurity professionals a detailed look into the threat landscape. The report is meant to help security teams keep up with increasingly sophisticated attackers.