The Challenge of Ransomware
The threat from ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts your files and holds them hostage for purposes of extortion, is currently rising. In 2020, there were 65,000 ransomware attacks reported in the United States. In the summer of 2021, two major ransomware attacks were even called threats to national security. Colonial Pipeline paid $5 Million in ransom after hackers successfully shut down part of its East Coast operations. JBS paid $11 million in ransom as cybercriminals disrupted its food supply operations to restaurants, grocery stores, and farmers.