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Ransomware still Major Threat, Supply Chains Most Targeted


Several reports have come in with opposite opinions regarding if there is or isn't any rise in ransomware attacks. Several organizations describe ransomware as the most sought after malicious program and state attacks involving ransom demands are on a rapid increase as it happened in 2017. But, some other reports state differently.


In the present year, ransomware attacks are increasing even more while seemingly there's a growing requirement for enterprises to improve on protection of supply chains. Results of one fresh study from Dimension Data in its NTT Security 2018 Global Threat Intelligence Report shows there has been a considerable rise in total ransomware assaults designed for targeting supply chains in 2017.


Consequently, the professional services and business industry accounts for the third spot among sectors targeted most with ransomware; in 2016, the said industry occupied the sixth spot. Malwarebytes, which assessed nearly 1bn malware incidents globally, supplemented the ensuing results with the collection of malware attacks from its own honeypot experiments. The security company found there was a maximum of ten times increase in the total ransom-related assaults per month over that of 2016. A particular explanation of the big rise pertained to certain ransomware campaigns being very popular namely Cerber, Locky and WannaCry. Securityintelligence.com posted this, May 31, 2018.


According to Group CTO for Cyber-security Mark Thomas at Dimension Data, outsourcing companies and supply chains have plenty of moving parts that frequently operate on unequal and obsolete networks and so become easy victims of cyber-criminals. Another prime target is service providers because of their intellectual property and trade secrets. Corporate houses require becoming wise vis-à-vis the actual threats they encounter and therefore must make sure they securely and robustly safeguard their operations, Thomas added.


F-Secure too discovered how ransomware assaults shifted to increasingly targeted ways, with crooks concentrating on quality of targets more than their quantity.


Ransomware assaults continue to be one major threat without disappearing in the near future. While days of large earnings are waning, the threat continues for enterprises. So it's important they evaluate their backup policies as well as procedures while deploy safety measures for identifying and repealing the attacks.

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