A recent BBC article provides welcome news about the cash payments to cyber criminals last year. You can read it here. Cyber-crime gangs’ earnings slide as victims refuse to pay – BBC News
This is a move in the right direction, as the less these criminals reap, the less attractive their trade becomes. However, we need to consider the reasons. Even more so as the number of attacks had increased over previous years.
Fewer payouts will mostly be due to :
- Targets having backups to recover from
- Better controls for isolating compromised machines
- Trained and tested staff knowing what to look for and how to react
The concerning factor from the article is the shift in focus from large companies to smaller ones.
Lorica has solutions for minimising the risk, reducing the impact and training/testing your staff.