Even as ransomware continues to be at the forefront of global news and company after company reports attacks, many still aren’t giving the attention to protecting themselves from what has become the biggest threat to cybersecurity. Private individuals assume that they aren’t vulnerable as the cybercriminals turn to organisations, and corporations assume that having a meeting about ransomware is enough. Unlike a standard breach, ransomware depends upon human error, and the success of their gains proves that this is a serious condition.
To demonstrate the severity of ransomware, a Veenam poll “showed that 76% of organisations experienced at least one cyberattack in 2021, and 24% either weren’t attacked or were unaware of the intrusion…..One of the most alarming statistics from these 2021 cyberattacks was the fact that organisations acknowledged that they were only able to recover 69% of their data.”
People are too trusting
Whether at home or in a work environment, too many make the assumption that their actions on the net are in some way “protected.” Even with IT departments that try to alert to ransomware dangers, the threat actors know that they can count on people to accidentally click on malicious links, engage in phishing emails, or visit unsecure websites that have the embedded ransomware or malware links. It has become increasingly obvious that organisations need to escalate the use of professional cybersecurity companies to train, repeat, and emphasise the priorities of the methods used by threat actors.
Ransomware is Big Business
Statistics show that even those that fall prey to ransomware and pay the ransom don’t always get access to their data. Instead, these cybercriminals make note of the ease of theft and sell that information to others where the attacks will be repeated. According to a Gartner report, ransomware in 2021 cost companies and individuals $51 billion. As organisations scramble to create strategies and plans, many are showing that there is a disconnect between what is written down and the actions required to maintain data and system integrity.
At one time an organisation could rely on multiple backups to fend off ransomware. However, that is no longer the case as not all backups can be assured of being “clean.” In addition, a majority of companies may have plans set in place but lack an IRT (Incident Response Team) that takes immediate actions. A good IRT includes a partnership with a professional cybersecurity company, a ransomware playbook, and a chain of command to take over for analysis and proper responses. Cybercriminals have become quite savvy in their attack methods and organisations must create even better strategies to protect themselves.
“DaVinci Cybersecurity coordinates to examine every aspect of our client’s condition to assist in maintaining the integrity of their organisation. We bring a style of staff training that becomes second nature in warding off the mistakes that open the doors for ransomware. Our team coordinates to ensure immediate response with an IRT and is an integral partner in their security.”
Sharon Knowles, CEO DaVinci Cybersecurity