Adam Kujawa Shares Why Ransomware Against SMBs Is So Lucrative For Cybercriminals

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By Sean Martin, host of At The Edge and An InfoSec Life

In this episode of At The Edge with Sean Martin, Sean connects with Adam Kujawa, director of malware intelligence at Malwarebytes. The two spend most of their time talking about the risks and challenges small and medium sized business face as they try to securely run their company. Some of the key findings from some recent research that Malwarebytes performed [note: link opens PDF in new window] shows that, while emails and malicious spam or spear-phishing are key methods for entry into an business, drive-by exploits, physical security, and insider threats continue to make the list. The troubling part is that small and medium businesses make perfect cybercriminal targets as they can be used a pivot points for cybercriminals to make their way into the real target.

An additional point captured in the research is that ransomware is still a huge issue, noting that one of the biggest threats was not necessarily the cost of paying the ransom, rather it’s more about the downtime experienced during the attack and cleaning up after the attack. The core costs are not related to paying the ransom. Rather, they are actually associated with lost productivity, lost revenue, operational waste and the expenses related to the removal of the malware and getting the environment configured to prevent a similar (or identical) breach from occurring again.

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