Virtual Strategy Magazine, April 25th, 2018
It’s not an exaggeration to call 2017 the year of ransomware. Obviously, the concept isn’t new, but in 2017 it jumped into mainstream headlines with the far-reaching WannaCry attack in May. That incident affected almost half a million machines in close to 150 countries. That wasn’t all. ExPetr in June, and BadRabbit in October also affected thousands of seemingly protected companies around the globe.
The big attacks aren’t the only problem, of course. There aren’t great numbers on just how many targeted ransomware attacks occurred — partially because companies are often afraid to report them — but estimates are as high as a million individual users. What’s more, security firm Kaspersky reports that just over 26 percent of these attacks were aimed at businesses.
At this time of year, there’s no shortage of prediction lists, so we’re going to focus on just one, and hope that having a little more space to talk about it will help those of you trying to get ahead of the issue. It would be a little too easy, though, to predict that for 2018 ransomware will continue to be a huge problem for businesses. So, for our one fearless prediction, we are going to look at the other side and say: 2018 is the year companies get innovative and stay ahead of protecting against ransomware attacks.