A message from a Ransomware hacker is probably the worst cyber nightmare you can see on your device. The theft of your confidential information from your web-based email is nothing to sneeze at, because that means your personal data has become fair game for the hackers to use. However, phishing and similar email attacks do not leave you inoperative or paralyzed.
That is the potential death knell that Ransomware can deal you: until you pay the hacker the money he is asking, which can range from $1,000 to $150,000, your computer and its files simply won’t work. Neither can you access them. If you don’t pay up, the hacker can destroy them – or sell their contents – according to his pleasure. As the name of the virus describes, every important file you need to make your life work has been held for ransom.
Ransomware hackers target enterprises more than individuals for two reasons. Obviously, even a small business can pay more than an individual user (unless he is extremely wealthy). Second, a successful Ransomware attack on a company can capture more than just one device and its contents. It can cast a wide net on hundreds of desktops and laptops of one small-to-medium-sized business which normally has 250 employees.
That your small business has not experienced this admittedly dramatic kind of attack is a cause for gratitude. However, it does not mean eternal immunity as one day the hacker might train his sights on your company. Statistics about Ransomware attacks should keep you on your toes and compel you to fortify your defense systems with the best antivirus software available. Check out these figures:
These statistics clarify that no one is exempt from a Ransomware attack. There is no better time than this moment—that means NOW—to boost your antivirus defense systems. You can train your people to protect themselves and their devices from the subtle, but debilitating, consequences inflicted by Ransomware.