It’s no wonder cyber-criminals are going after the high-value ransoms with so many tools to help protect their anonymity. However, this is not an excuse as to why these attacks are still occurring. There is plenty of advice available to companies that are targeted to mitigate the malicious software executing on their networks.

There is an argument that insurers are leveraging the problem too, as cyber-insurance can cover ransomware in many cases. Legally, a company can ensure its data and put a price on getting it back should it be deemed unreadable or lost. It would be naive to suggest that threat actors are not taking advantage of this possibility that is driving them towards the higher hanging fruit.

Targeted phishing attacks are still prevalent and making their way into company inboxes, so staff training is still key. But the number one rule for companies of all sizes is to back up properly and test the restore process regularly.