Detecting and Responding to Ransomware and Other Destructive Events No organization is immune from cybersecurity threats and attacks, which can range from minor inconveniences to major catastrophic events that may take months sometimes years to overcome. Events such as ransomware, destructive malware, insider threats, and even honest mistakes, can threaten an organization’s infrastructure, not to mention its most valuable asset—its reputation. Moreover, database records and structures, system files, configurations, user files, application code, and customer data are all at risk should an event occur.
Ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat, targeting users of all types, from the home user to the corporate network. On average, more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred daily since January 1, 2016. This is a 300-percent increase over the approximately 1,000 attacks per day seen in 2015. There are very effective prevention and response actions that can significantly mitigate the risk posed to your organization. Ransomware targets home users, businesses, and government networks and can lead to temporary or permanent loss of sensitive or proprietary information, disruption to regular operations, financial losses incurred to restore systems and files, and potential harm to an organization’s reputation.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software cyber actors use to deny access to systems or data. The malicious cyber actor holds systems or data hostage until the ransom is paid. After the initial infection, the ransomware attempts to spread to shared storage drives and other accessible systems. If the demands are not met, the system or encrypted data remains unavailable, or data may be deleted. How Do I Protect My Business From Ransomware?