Ransomware is a form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Malicious actors then demand ransom in exchange for decryption.
Ransomware incidents can severely impact business processes and leave organizations without the data they need to operate and deliver mission-critical services. Malicious actors engage in lateral movement to target critical data and propagate ransomware across entire networks. These actors also increasingly use tactics, such as deleting system backups, that make restoration and recovery more difficult or infeasible for impacted organizations.
Paying the ransom does not guarantee that your organization’s files will be decrypted and that you can resume regular business operations. The most important part of ransomware defense is to implement strong cybersecurity controls to prevent ransomware incidents from occurring.