Ransomware is “malware that requires the victim to pay a ransom to access encrypted files” (Merriam-Webster).Merriam-Webster
I’m sure you’ve heard the term ransomware countless times this past year alone. Over the past couple of years, ransomware has continued to evolve. If the trend continues, ransomware will not be going away anytime soon; in fact, it appears that it is beginning to become more frequent. Ransomware began as a threat to consumers. The idea was to trick people into paying fines that were not real and purchase infected equipment.
These days ransomware attacks are “becoming more targeted, sophisticated and costly, even as the overall frequency of attacks remains consistent” (IC3).IC3
Impacted in 2019 by ransomware:
- 113 government agencies, municipalities and state governments
- 764 healthcare providers
- 89 universities/colleges
- School districts with up to 1,233 individual schools were potentially impacted.
Cybersecurity must be one of the top priorities when it comes to any establishment that holds personal data. Public institutions are usually the main culprit for ransomware because there is typically a lack of funding allocated for cybersecurity.
The best way to keep this from happening to your business is to call CoreRecon. We provide security assessments for your network infrastructure. We also are an MSP, which means we can be your IT support and help educate employees on safe desktop practices. The most important thing for us is to keep your business and your data safe.
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