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10 ‘Horrifying’ Ransomware Trends And Best Prevention Methods: CISO

“Threat actors have gotten much more sophisticated and much more aggressive in their demands. Even if you hire a good negotiator to negotiate with threat actors, you‘re generally still settling for around one-third,” said Kevin McDonald, CISO and COO at Alvaka Networks.

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10 Ransomware Trends And Prevention Tools To Watch

Kevin McDonald is one of the nation’s top cybersecurity experts around ransomware. A CISO and COO at Alvaka Networks with decades of cybersecurity experience, McDonald is also a member of numerous organizations including the CompTIA Cyber Security Advisory Council, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association and the US Secret Service’s Los Angeles Cyber Fraud Task Force, to name a few.

“Threat actors have gotten much more sophisticated and much more aggressive in their demands. Even if you hire a good negotiator to negotiate with threat actors, you‘re generally still settling for around one-third (of the initial ransom),” McDonald said in an interview with CRN.

From threat actors offering ransomware help desks and ransomware as-a-service, to the “laughably low” number of ransomware attacks officially being reported and how over 95 percent of ransomware attacks can be easily prevented, McDonald explains how businesses across the world should combat the war on ransomware.

CRN takes a deep dive with McDonald about how the ransomware world operates today and what every business needs to do to protect itself.

 
 
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