Ransomware is a rising cyber-threat. In fact, the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2021 found that the proportion of firms attached rose from 38% to 43%. Many suffered multiple attacks and around a sixth of firms (16%) reporting cyber attacks had to deal with a ransomware demand.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software, also known as malware, used to prevent a person from accessing their computer or its stored data. The computer itself may be locked, or the data on it might be stolen, deleted or encrypted. Usually, once the attack occurs, the attacker will use an anonymous email address with instructions for making a payment and getting the data back. This is where the ransom element comes in.
Businesses of all sizes can fall prey to ransomware gangs, for example even shipping giant Maersk were forced to shut down their website and large parts of their global operations in June 2017 following a major ransomeware attack.
However, those who are more prepared fare best when attacks happen. In order to minimise the lasting damage that can often accompany a ransomware attack, employers should consider taking the following actions:
Ransomware attacks can be devastating for organisations because computer systems are no longer available to use, and in some cases, data may never be recovered.