Ransomware Continues To Be Growing Challenge
Many solution providers predicted that 2016 would see a continued rise in ransomware attacks, and they weren’t wrong. According to research firm Gartner, companies paid out $209 million to ransomware attacks in the first quarter of 2016. This compares with $24 million in all of 2015. The year so far has already seen some high-profile attacks, most notably an attack on a California hospital in February that left it unable to access its network, any of its electronic health records or electronic communications and forced it to revert to paper, telephones and fax machines to keep the medical center up and running. The hospital was ultimately forced to pay the ransom in order to resume operations.