More than a dozen hospitals have reported ransomware attacks in the past year, including Hollywood Presbyterian, which was told to pay $3.4 million if they wanted their data back.
An increasing number of ransomware attacks are being targeted at small businesses and startups, with ransoms ranging from $500 to $50,000.
What to do? Mark Skilton, cybersecurity expert says, “There are two things that you can easily do. Protect your own data like you would any other valuable thing that you own. Encrypt it so criminals can’t publish it online. The other approach is what I call the protection of the herd. Small business can’t always afford the IT systems they need to stay secure. So, use a good public cloud service to provide you with a remote backup.”