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10 Lessons Learned From The Biggest Ransomware Attacks

CRN asks technical leaders at IBM Security, Malwarebytes and Symantec about what organizations need to do differently going forward to avoid becoming the victim of ransomware attacks.

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Running Away From Ransomware

The amateurs who thought they could make easy money off ransomware have moved onto things like cryptomining, according to Kevin Haley, director, product management for security response at Mountain View, Calif.-based Symantec. As a result, Haley said the adversaries that continue to use cryptomining tend to be very good at it.

Purveyors of ransomware have set their sights purely on businesses since the best money can be made from infiltrating and crippling an organization, Haley said. Unlike many consumers, businesses have the means to pay the hacker and can't just wipe their systems and start over again, according to Adam Kujawa, director of malware intelligence at Santa Clara, Calif.-based Malwarebytes.

The humans behind the computers executing malware are cunning and creative, Kujawa said, and will attack an organization's security system in ways that might not have been anticipated. As a result, Kujawa said behavioral detection, machine learning and artificial intelligence are very important for keeping companies safe from future threats.

Here's a look at 10 ways that organizations can better protect and defend themselves against ransomware attacks.

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