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Ransomware may have possibly taken the crown as THE crime to beat in 2016, with record growth and profits for criminals. The healthcare industry is a particularly attractive target, because hospital systems are often vulnerable and the critical nature of patient data means they are more likely to pay out than risk being locked out of their files. While payments used to start around $50, the average payout is now $679, with $209 million paid out in Q1 of 2016 alone. In Q3, Kaperseky Labs reported more than 170 million malicious attacks from all over the world, meaning this threat isn’t going anyway anytime soon.
What can you do to protect yourself from this major and ongoing threat? Below are some seven tips to get you started.
Ransomware has exploded onto the scene and was a billion dollar crime in 2016. This year is sure to be just as bad, if not worse. But if you follow the above tips, you can protect your organization now before you’re locked out of your files.
If you’re curious about ransomware, learn more from these blog posts:
What is ransomware and how do you protect against it? Ransomware has been rising at an “alarming rate,” according to security researchers, with a 3,500 percent increase in criminal use of net infrastructure that helps run ransomware campaigns. It can affect anyone with a computer or mobile device, and there are already plenty of examples… (read more)
Ransomware and healthcare: What you need to know: Ransomware was officially a billion dollar crime in 2016, with more than 4,000 attacks since Jan. 1 and at least 25 variants of ransomware discovered. Researchers have predicted they would discover more than 100 variants before year’s end… (read more)
How does Ransomware as a Service work? Ransomware has made headlines time and again for its devastating effectiveness on governments and organizations, but researchers are starting to pay attention to a developing trend within ransomware: Ransomware as a Service (RaaS)… (read more)
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