Countering the evolving threat of ransomware

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Ask any IT security specialist to name the biggest thing that keeps them awake at night and chances are the answer will be ransomware.

This cyberthreat has the capability to cause massive disruption to business processes and can result in the loss of critical data. In some cases, businesses that fall victim to an attack never recover and have to close their doors.

First recorded back in the late 1980s, ransomware has continued to evolve at a rapid pace. While initial examples focused on encrypting file names, rather than their contents, later versions locked up entire files.