10 ‘Horrifying’ Ransomware Trends And Best Prevention Methods: CISO


Mark Haranas, C.J. Fairfield

Kevin McDonald is one of the nation’s top cybersecurity experts around ransomware. A CISO and COO at Alvaka Networks with decades of cybersecurity experience, McDonald is also a member of numerous organizations including the CompTIA Cyber Security Advisory Council, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association and the US Secret Service’s Los Angeles Cyber Fraud Task Force, to name a few.

“Threat actors have gotten much more sophisticated and much more aggressive in their demands. Even if you hire a good negotiator to negotiate with threat actors, you‘re generally still settling for around one-third (of the initial ransom),” McDonald said in an interview with CRN.

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