Ransomware attacks are becoming significantly more complex and sophisticated, as we’ve written. But like every other technology challenge, mitigating ransomware threats can be boiled down to simpler concepts: it’s about people, technology, and processes.
Whatever technology initiative you can think of – whether it is a digital transformation or hybrid multicloud, regulatory compliance, or cybersecurity – success or failure comes down to how effectively those three things are integrated. And with the stakes so high with ransomware, it’s vital to get them all functioning properly in unison.
That’s not to say that getting the three elements of the organizational framework right is easy – far from it. But when I’m asked for my point of view on effective ransomware resiliency, it’s critical to reduce the challenge to essential areas of focus. It helps enterprises wrap their collective heads around the problem and determine a path forward that will ensure their data, workloads, and applications can be recovered quickly in the event of a successful ransomware attack.
Here are my thoughts on each of these essential areas:
We don’t know how ransomware will continue evolving over time. But we know it will evolve and get more complex. Just this summer, there were reports of ransomware targeting systems, not just data. We also saw more attacks on enterprises as bad actors are targeting higher-margin business.
The future of ransomware may be unpredictable, but I think these three fundamental components pillars of people, technology, and processes will continue to be the organizational pillars that enterprises’ response to the ransomware threat will rest on.
There may never be a finish line – a point where we can say, “We did it. We solved the ransomware threat.” But candidly assessing potential vulnerabilities in each of the above areas will help enterprises keep pace with, and maybe stay one step ahead of, the malicious actors.
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