Ransomware has exploded to become the highest-profile cybercrime of 2016. Once aimed primarily at consumer PC users, ransomware now has become the bane of enterprises of all sizes and sectors. Criminals infect systems with polymorphous malware that either locks or encrypts critical data or devices until a ransom is paid.
The news has been filled with stories about small-town police stations being struck by ransomware, or of organizations such as Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, which opted to pay the ransom and regain access to its network. But how pervasive is ransomware? What industry sectors are most targeted, and how frequently are victims simply paying the ransom? More important: What are proactive organizations doing to protect themselves from being infected in the first place?
The Ransomware Response Study will provide the most comprehensive view yet into how organizations are striking back against ransomware – and where they need to improve to prepare for the next-generation exploits.