Attackers have traditionally profited by stealing identities or credit card numbers, and then selling them on underground markets. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, the price for stolen records has fallen, so cyber attackers are on the hunt for new ways to make a profit. Thanks to advances in attack distribution, anonymous payments, and the ability to reliably encrypt and decrypt data, ransomware is on a tear. For a deeper dive into ransomware, see the full Unit 42 report.
If you receive an alert that an infection has occurred, it is likely already too late. So, the way to stop a potential ransomware infection is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place.
If you follow these three steps, your organization can avoid having to pay attackers to free your data: