The ransomware scourge continues, with incidents hitting a U.S. record in the second quarter of 2021, as attackers expand into vertical industries and target critical infrastructure. Ransom demands have also been growing. According to IT Governance, the average decryption key rate from attackers is $140,000 yet many organizations end up paying much more than that.
The ransomware threat is evolving faster than people’s ability to keep track. A common misconception is that payloads are usually delivered by phishing emails. While that may be true for many cases, the new breed of ransomware is much more likely to be launched by an intruder who has already breached the network.