The Growing Threat of Ransomware in Long Island

Ransomware is defined as “a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.” Many companies have fallen victim to ransomware attacks through email delivery. Ransomware attacks can happen under the radar where most small Long Island businesses will not notice, until it is too late. After an attack, most companies never fully regain all the data that they’ve lost and lose confidence in their ability to prevent future attacks.

More and more criminals are looking to get with the “Long Island Ransomware” trends. Attacks are increasing, ransom demands are increasing and the techniques are evolving.  Regardless of a cyber-criminal’s technical knowledge, groups have established ransomware-as-a-service models, allowing anyone to be able to use their software. And now we’re seeing pyramid schemes where infected users are offered a decryption key to unlock their data if they pass along their infection to others. Due to the increase in ransomware attacks, it is still believed that preventative measures are still lacking.

Many small Long Island businesses believe that they will never fall victim to a cyber-security attack, but unfortunately here at TechRunner IT we know that that isn’t the case. Ransomware is very prevalent in New York among small business who are not properly protected from hackers.

Do you want to know if your business is sufficiently protected? Contact us for a Ransomware Assessment today.

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