Ransomware has been on the rise for a couple of years. It’s not just the volume of ransomware attacks which continue to rise, but some attackers have been focusing on specific targets such as government departments, hospitals, and schools. In South Africa, we also saw an attack against an energy company.
A quick internet search will find you hundreds if not thousands of similar stories.
But, by talking solely about ransomware, we are doing ourselves a disservice. Indeed, there is a lot more to security than worrying about ransomware which in itself is the manifestation of another root cause being compromised.
To help make my point, and save writing all my thoughts down, I created a short video explaining the concept.
If there’s a takeaway I’d like you to leave with, it’s to consider what the actual root cause of attacks are. Don’t just say ransomware, rather, ask how ransomware got in.
Similarly, if credentials are compromised, how were they compromised? You’ll find that by simply taking a step back, you can stop trying to plug 50 security vulnerabilities and instead fix just a few to achieve the same result.