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. https://zd.net/2ZYUl3g

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.