In late February, several surprising admissions indicated the true scope of ransomware. First, a hospital in Los Angeles was hit and paid a whopping $17,000 to get critical medical files unlocked. Then, several police stations in Massachusetts all got infected and most spent thousands getting serious police records unlocked.
Ransomware has grown beyond the $500 mom-and-pop attacks that were the hallmarks of early versions of ransomware. Most of the attackers are foreign – in fact, the latest attacks ask for Bitcoin payments – and the network is very sophisticated. Small targets rarely tried to prosecute and even when they did, distance and the anonymity of the internet made it all but impossible. And now ransomware is moving into the SMB world – bigger risks but much larger payments.Worried about ransomware? You’re not alone!Click To Tweet
So what can you do? There are a number of things – in the next few days we’ll look at ways you can – and should – protect your business from ransomware. And don’t be mistaken – being hit once doesn’t mean you’re immune. This is cybercrime – they will try again.
Rich is the Director of Public Cloud Product Marketing at Barracuda. He joined the team as part of the acquisition of C2C Systems in 2014. Rich is one of Barracuda’s public cloud experts – he works directly with the cloud ecosystems and has been quoted in eBooks from Microsoft on public cloud security. He is also a frequent contributor to Barracuda’s own cloud blogs. For our cloud motions, he helps develop strategies and execution with our partners and sales teams.
You can email Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.