Ransomware: Strategies for Faster Detection and Response

Healthcare Info Security

Mathew J. Schwartz

What is the life cycle of a typical ransomware attack, and how can organizations get better at detecting and blocking this criminal activity?

"One of the common mistakes people make with a ransomware attack is they come in in the morning, they see their data has been encrypted, and they think the attack happened that night," says Peter Mackenzie, the incident response manager for security firm Sophos.

But while the crypto-locking malware may well have just been triggered, typically attackers have been inside the network for much longer. Mackenzie says attackers "often deploy...

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