Millions Menaced as Ransomware-Smuggling Ads Pollute Top Websites

According to a story as seen in The Register millions of people are being affected by popular US online publishers who are serving up adverts that attempt to install ransomware and other malware on victims’ PCs.  With ransomware on the increase, what can companies do to protect themselves from these type of cyber attacks? Here to comment on this news is Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at training company QA.

Richard Beck, Head of Cyber Security at training company QA said:

“Ransomware is the fastest growing category of cyber attack that we see today.  Anyone reading these publications on their work computer could be inadvertently opening the door to cyber criminals exposing sensitive data.  When it comes to defending against these attacks IT is key, however, a company’s defence strategy can’t rely on technology alone. The human element is equally – if not more – important. The best technology in the world won’t protect against the actions of an employee who, through an innocent mistake – opens the door to blackmailers. Organisations have a duty of care to provide cyber protection through training, thereby minimising the chances of being the victim of an attack.”

 
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