Amid a global pandemic and political unrest, cyberattacks have still managed to grab headlines. Technology is considered critical infrastructure, and when ransomware strikes, it only amplifies the hardships that businesses, non-profits, organizations and entire nations face.
The frequency with which these attacks are reported is also rightfully concerning: Google reported a 350% increase in malicious websites since the pandemic took hold. While ransomware and similar cyberattacks are set to strike up to every 11 seconds by 2021, the timing of an attack may be unclear from a victim’s perspective. To better understand the nature of ransomware, research beyond the headlines is necessary. It’s important to keep in mind ransomware’s methods of entry, common tactics and timeline to determine patterns and help isolate when attacks are actually set to deploy.