Data thieves are increasingly holding information for ransom. According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), crooks were able to exhort $209 million in ransomware attacks during the first three months of 2016 alone.
The best defence against ransomware attacks is to improve security since the options are limited for what can be done once data is held for ransom.
According to a report, "ransomware's alarming growth, in conjunction with the velocity that ransomware variants are being published, are positioning the enterprise market to quickly catch up to the consumer market in terms of exposure and vulnerability."
Defensive measures include better data protection and analysis, improved backup systems, and better awareness and understanding of how these attacks are becoming more sophisticated.