Threats to computer security are nothing new. Since the first virus was created in the early 1970s, an explosion of malware—viruses, rootkits, keyloggers, spyware, and the like, have threatened to compromise organizational security and have led to downtime, lost data, lost revenues, and lost brand credibility.
For decades, there’s been an arms race between malware creators and security vendors, and the enterprise is the battlefield. Even with the latest and greatest security products, emerging threats continue to compromise organizations like yours each and every day.
Today, one of the greatest threats is ransomware—a type of malware that prevents access to your files and data—either by locking you out of your computer or by encrypting your files—with the end goal being to extort a ransom in return for the files. Either you pay up, or you lose your data. Simply put, your data is held hostage.