September 15, 2017
While cybercrime in many forms continues to escalate, the fastest growing threat is ransomware, in which your data is held prisoner until you pay off the cybercriminals. According to the Web site Fight Ransomware, these attacks increased 300% from 2015 to 2016, with over 4000 attacks now occurring each day.
For any business, the obvious concerns are financial data, personnel information that can be used for identity theft, and intellectual property. However, for manufacturing companies, an additional threat is disruption of production due to the growing interconnectivity of factory equipment. As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to expand, this threat becomes even greater.
How does ransomware happen?
Typically, cybercriminals infect your computer system by tricking an individual through one of these means:
What can you do to defend your computer systems?