Ransomware – that is, computer malware that prevents users from accessing their files until they pay a ransom to some criminal or criminal enterprise – is expected to inflict about a billion dollars of damage in 2016. Businesses, hospitals, and individuals have all been hit.
At the same time – and making the situation extremely precarious – a study conducted last year showed that nearly a third of people unaffected by ransomware believe that “it is improbable or very improbable they will get infected,” and half of all people surveyed “cannot accurately identify ransomware as a type of threat that prevents or limits access to computer data.” Oblivious users combined with a growing threat creates the potential for serious problems.
Furthermore, as bad as the epidemic is today, ransomware attacks are likely to grow dramatically worse in upcoming years, and businesses should take proactive action.
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