A ransomware attack is one of the most terrifying things that can happen to your business.
A ransomware attack is where a hacker locks you out of your systems and data, frequently using advanced encryption software – you may have heard of this referred to by the name of a prominent attack tool named CryptoLocker. Once victimized, you must pay a ransom, typically in Bitcoin, to regain access.
What most folks do not realize is that hackers access your system weeks before they launch the attack – what we refer to as dwell time. There are two primary reasons for the delay between the breach and active attack – first, It takes time for them to set it up and discover the extent of your environment, and second, moving slowly can prevent IT security experts from detecting the breach.
There are signs to look out for – ways to spot if your system has already been breached, and an attack is imminent.