What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware that is meant to hold a user or organization for ransom. It may simply deny access to files or could even destroy data if a financial payout is not provided to the hacker who planted it.

How to Recognize This Threat: A computer with ransomware will receive a message that a type of ransom is required to access files that were previously accessible. Typically, those files are locked behind a password that is promised if the ransom is paid. Ransomware is often set to expand across a network if the infected computer is part of a larger organization.

How to Prevent This Threat: As with any malware, users should take care not to download suspicious files or click suspicious links. To protect your organization, ensure you have a firewall with a full suite of security services continuously updated. See your options from the top brands in the industry.