IT industry analysts have declared that 2016 will be the year of ransomware (pdf), and so far those predictions are coming true.
High-profile ransomware attacks are hitting hospitals around the country and commanding larger ransoms due to the urgent nature of the data being held hostage. Earlier this month, a utility company in Michigan even fell victim to a new ransomware strain.
I hear similar horror stories from the MSPs I talk to. Almost all of them could tell you about a customer that got infected with ransomware like CryptoWall, TeslaCrypt, or Locky. Thankfully, most businesses smart enough to hire a managed service provider had a solid backup plan in place, and they were able to recover easily, making the MSPs look like heroes.