With many of us still working from home and in various other places, the threat landscape continues to evolve and expand with more sophisticated attacks and evasive techniques that are easier to execute when people are not operating within the traditional perimeter. Forrester recently cited that 74% of organizations have indicated that they have suffered a business-impacting cyberattack attributed to remote work vulnerabilities. Ransomware is one of the most chilling forms of cyber crime organizations face today, and it’s not going away. FortiGuard Labs reports a sevenfold increase in ransomware activity in December compared to July 2020. A global ransomware survey also showed that 67% of organizations have been a ransomware target—with nearly half saying they had been targeted more than once. These days, malware can gain access to a system in a number of ways, often with a simple click or even no click at all. After it lands, the attacker tries to spread their malware laterally to gain a foothold in every network they can, even from roaming endpoints. Because attacks are so prevalent, organizations need to be prepared—they need to have strategies in place to address issues before, during, and after an attack, especially in the face of ransomware. Many mature enterprises already have incident response plans built into their security strategies. Organizations can take steps to reduce the risk and scope of potential incidents and secure roaming endpoints, no matter if they are at home or the airport.
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