For your end of year review – check the following links which lead to the calculation of $7Bil PC market for criminals.
A review of 2015: http://oversitesentry.com/criminal-hackers-got-your-data-in-2015/
If you are not improving cybersecurity in the new year – read this at least to see what could be coming to you: http://oversitesentry.com/a-single-link-can-destroy-your-data/
Here are highlights of the blogposts:
Current number of Internet users = 3.27 Billion in the world
In the USA there were 223 million PC’s in 2013.
Of those PC’s about 10% of the users/PC’s are not patching correctly.
The criminal is searching for these 22 million PC’s as they have the potential of grabbing $300 per PC maybe even more if they find a high value PC.
But using averages $300 (for a single ransomware payoff) * 22 mill = $6.6Billion or about $7 Billion (if including some very high value PC’s it drifts the average dollar amount higher).
So, if you were a criminal what would you do if you have a potential $7 Bil market to mine?
Start building infrastructure to exploit this!
This is exactly what the criminals have done
Kaspersky has documented the infrastructure of criminal gangs:
So unfortunately whether you like it or not – this is the reality and we have to work within this world.
It just means your IT department requires extra scrutiny – and it must be done with an auditor and ethical hacker outside of your organization.
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