The 2023 Thanksgiving holiday, typically a time of celebration, was marred by ransomware breaches that had a significant impact on many large organizations throughout the United States. Read on to discover the reasons behind this alarming trend and why tighter cybersecurity measures are needed.
Ransomware attacks are essentially encryption-based data extortion where threat actors block access to your data until a ransom is paid, after which a decryption key is given to retrieve the data. According to a ransomware trend report, businesses and organizations in the United States remain the most lucrative targets for these threat actors, accounting for 43% of all global attacks.
As our lives become increasingly digitized, the rate of ransomware attacks follows suit. Cybercriminals are becoming shrewder and exploiting this shift for financial gain. The rise of cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin, provides an untraceable payment method, making the operation risk-free and lucrative. Artificial Intelligence (AI) further empowers these cybercriminals by automating the finding and exploiting weaknesses in security systems. But AI isn’t just the bad guys’ tool; it can be our superhero, helping to detect and block these attacks before they strike.
Additionally, choosing a competent IT partner is your best bet in this fight. The right partner will build both offensive and defensive strategies around your business infrastructure, catering to your budget. A strong partnership with your IT vendor goes beyond business; it’s a commitment to growth and stability.
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