Every organization is worried about it. And they should be. Ransomware attacks have increased by 62 percent globally since 2019.* Some cyber experts say It’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ your organization will be attacked. In fact, Norton claims that cybercriminals will steal an estimated 33 billion records in 2023. Are you prepared?
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware is malware that infects computers and networks, encrypting data and locking its usage until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Ransomware encrypts files fast – real fast. A VPN can’t stop viruses and ransomware can spread easily and swiftly through a network. To make matters worse, threat actors are becoming more sophisticated and demanding heftier sums to unlock encrypted data. According to Harvard Business Review, the amount companies paid to hackers grew by 300 percent in 2020 — with ransomware demand amounts getting increasingly larger.
Just Say No
One of the organizations that did not pay a ransom is Spectra Logic. In May 2020, Spectra Logic was attacked as COVID dominated the headlines and employees suddenly worked remotely. The move to virtual work led to countless opportunistic ransomware attacks, including the one that hit Spectra Logic, where cybercriminals took advantage of pandemic circumstances with clever phishing schemes in an effort to extort money and harm organizations.