Why Hackers Hate Compliance Training

Here’s some bad news: cyber security threats to businesses of all sizes increased exponentially last year.

2016 was the year that hacking and politics collided spectacularly during the US presidential elections.  It was also the year when more individuals and small businesses lost valuable time, data, money or assets through breaches in information security.  In the UK, 54% of businesses were targeted by some form of cyber attack (Computer Business Review).

A large part of this increase was due to the rise of ransomware. Ransomware is software which is designed to encrypt data, making it inaccessible. It then threatens to delete data unless its owner pays a ransom. This attack forces ordinary people to engage with criminals, fight against the clock to obtain the digital currency Bitcoin and hope they won’t be part of the quarter of people who don’t see their data again even after paying.

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