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Enterprise Ransomware Attacks Increase 363% Year-Over-Year

Multiple cyberthreat reports highlight the shift to targeted ransomware attacks focusing on public and private businesses.

At the 22nd Annual Black Hat Conference this week in Las Vegas, Malwarebyte released its Black Hat 2019 Edition of its quarterly threat report that focused singularly on one specific threat, ransomware. And, the news zero-ed in on the 363% increase in ransomware attacks on corporations. You read that right, a three-fold increase year-over-year. And, the results showed that consumer ransomware attacks are on the decline by 12% year-over-year and 25% quarter-over-quarter for the first time.

The results from this latest cyberthreat report align with other recent reports from Vectra and Symantec. All document the growth of targeted attacks on businesses in the last two years – stating that ransomware attacks are focusing less on “the high-volume, low-return, spray-and-pray consumer attacks to lower-volume, high-value, targeted attacks against businesses.”1 According to the Malwarebyte report large, ill-prepared public and private organizations are at the greatest risk.

The Malwarebyte report states: “Municipalities, educational institutions and healthcare organizations have become prime targets, likely because of legacy infrastructure, outdated hardware and software applications, and lack of security funding in these sectors. And, there’s also a lack of human resources.” Adam Kujawa, Director of Malwarebytes Labs, adds: “Our critical infrastructure needs to adapt and arm themselves against these threats as they continue to be targets of cybercriminals, causing great distress to all the people who depend on public services and trust these entities to protect their personal information.”

Does this scenario sound too familiar from your corporate standpoint? Possibly so.

At Automox, we believe that securing your corporate infrastructure from potential ransomware attacks starts with the basics of good cyber hygiene. While ransomware attacks are becoming more sophisticated, if you keep your corporate endpoints patched and updated you can solve for most of the underlying vulnerabilities that are leveraged. Our philosophy is simple: patch your systems for known vulnerabilities, effectively manage software and system updates, and maintain full visibility of all your hardware and software assets to ensure compliance. It’s all about being a smaller, more difficult target for attackers to exploit.

Corporate IT and SecOps teams can't rely solely on detection and response when defending against emerging  ransomware variants. They need to combine strong prevention strategies that start with eliminating their underlying vulnerabilities and exposures by proactively hardening their corporate endpoints.

Learn more about our cloud-native modern approach to patch management at Or, feel free to connect with an Automox expert directly.

1 Townsend, Kevin. 2019 "Network Shares Are a Primary Target for Ransomware." Security Week. August 7, 2019.

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