Extreme Growth In Ransomware
Ransomware is growing not just in the number of attacks, but also the types, Hickey said. He said Sophos has been tracking the rise of Ransomware-as-a-Service, which makes it easier for less sophisticated hackers to create ransomware attacks. He also highlighted two high-profile ransomware attacks earlier this year, with WannaCry and NotPetya both hitting businesses around the globe. Finally, he said Sophos is not only seeing the volume of malware and ransomware increase, but it is also seeing it become more targeted at specific businesses, rather than the same malware hitting many businesses. He said all these growth factors require partners step up with a different and more comprehensive security approach.