Why Is Ransomware Spiking Now (And How Can We Fight It)?
Things seem to have settled into a tenuous rhythm since the initial shock to our institutions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The shift to an all- or mostly remote workplace has not been without its hiccups but has allowed many companies to continue doing business while stemming the spread of the virus. This new, sudden and unexpected way of working, though, has had consequences. Just as there have been – and will continue to be – unforeseen social, economic, infrastructural and individual challenges as a result of the pandemic, there have also been unanticipated challenges in the world of cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity pros, working in an already high-stress profession have had, like so many others, to deal with the challenges of maintaining peak performance amid extreme uncertainty while balancing work and home commitments suddenly heaped upon them. More surprisingly, even the that cybersecurity pros need to stave off have changed. For example, ransomware, a type of malware attack that had actually been experiencing a bit of a downturn pre-pandemic, has skyrocketed since mid-March 2020, outpacing other common cybersecurity threats.
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