June 18, 2019

Cleveland’s airport recently fell victim to a ransomware attack that took down its flight information, baggage displays, and its email capabilities leaving the airport in chaos. Previously, the cities of Albany and Sarasota were hit as well as Atlanta, which could result in the city paying $17 million to repair the damage. Today, hospital systems also regularly fend off threats to patient and insurance information while large enterprises such as Arizona Beverages are frequently hit with ransomware attacks.

The state of ransomware demonstrates that no organization, municipality or person is immune and that the threats are getting worse. This year alone has shown a ransomware increase of 195 percent in business detections from Q4 2018 to Q1 2019.

But such statistics don’t account for the tens of thousands of small and medium sized businesses, which were the target of 70 percent of all ransomware attacks in 2018. The threat against smaller companies is especially troubling because what’s at the greatest risk to them is actually what these businesses rely on most for productivity and efficiency — email and cloud applications.

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