The ransomware crisis is getting worse. We need to make these four big changes

Ransomware attacks continue to increase in number and severity across the globe.

In Germany, a woman died in transit to a hospital further away as the closest hospital was under a ransomware attack and couldn’t take her.

As Steve Ranger writes in his piece for ZDNet, tough changes will be necessary to put an end to these vicious attacks.

Ranger points out 4 key steps that should be taken to stop the 2020’s from being the decade of ransomware attacks:

🛑 Ransomware attacks oftentimes originate from countries where it is not a criminal offense or their governments simply don’t care. Ransomware should be treated as a political issue and politicians should make it a point to call out any country that allows it.

🛑 Intelligence agencies need to make tackling ransomware a priority. Identifying/tracking/disrupting these groups should receive greater emphasis.

🛑 Stop normalizing paying the ransom. Paying these cyber criminals should be an absolute last resort.

🛑 Security software vendors need to make it much easier for flaws to be dealt with by their customers and on the consumer level – they need to do everything they can to keep their systems secure.