Why Paying After a Ransomware Attack Is Futile

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 10-12-2016 Email

A new report finds that paying ransom after a ransomware attack not only further fuels this crime wave, but does not guarantee that lost the data will be returned. "Standard preventive measures, such as anti-virus software, spam filters and regularly updating systems should be taken, but there is no surefire way of preventing ransomware," the report says. Instead, businesses should focus on how to maintain operations in spite of a ransomware attack. As ransomware variants continue to evolve to a level of sophistication that surpasses our top defense solutions, so must the approach to support these threats, says the report, "Datto's State of the Channel Ransomware Report 2016." It recommends regularly training employees on cyber-security best practices, including how to avoid phishing scams, and how to spot a bad website. Datto, a provider of backup, recovery and business continuity solutions, surveyed 1,100 managed service providers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Here are highlights from the report.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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