Number of records breached dropped nearly 25 percent in 2017!

Is it good news that the number of records breached last year dropped nearly 25%? At first you’d think so, but you might change your mind after reading the rest of the article.

The bad guys found that getting their hands dirty getting those records did not present much money in return. Instead of that, they have shifted their efforts on launching ransomware and destructive attacks that lock or destruct data unless the victim pays a ransom.

Last year, more than 2.9 billion records were reported breached, down from 4 billion disclosed in 2016. Now, if we focus on the ransomware attacks last year we may find that between WannaCry, NotPetya and Bad Rabbit, there was chaos across industries without contributing to the total number of compromised records reported.

This increased number of ransomware attacks brought major organizations to a halt, putting pressure on organizations to be properly prepared with incident response strategies to limit the impact of an attack.

Do you have a plan? Do you have backups? Do you test them? If not, now is the time.

Be safe out there, until next Malware Monday.

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