Avoiding ransomware: what security & risk leaders need to know

Barika L Pace, senior director research analyst at Gartner, discusses what security and risk leaders need to know about avoiding ransomware

Ransomware attackers are holding computer systems hostage on a daily basis, demanding substantial amounts of money from victims to restore order. The latest victim falling to this costly trap was the American Colonial Pipeline, an operator pipeline system that transports fuel across the East Coast, leading to fears that gas prices would soar immediately after.

Yet like in any other major ransomware attack, organisations get stuck in a never-ending tango of ransomware attacks, followed by exorbitant pay-outs while they scramble to find the ‘bad guy’ – blindly not realising that, perhaps, it is not a person, but the system itself.

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