Episode 2: What are you doing about ransomware?

Security professionals are used to uncertainty. They don’t like it, but it’s part of the job. But one thing is for sure: you will be asked: What are we doing to prevent a ransomware attack? That’s because ransomware attacks have increased bynearly 500 percent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You know, I think any security conversation that doesn’t really address and address ransomware would be a mistake, without question,” says Wayne Anderson, security architect, Microsoft’s Office of the CTO for Modern Work.

Ransomware is making headlines. It’s easy to understand. It’s like a plot ripped from a detective story. But threats have spread across the board, says Zeus Kerravala, network analyst and founder of ZK Research.

“In fact, I think I saw on a Google website that they reported that there has been a 300% increase in phishing since the pandemic started,” he said. “Threat actors are now attacking users directly instead of trying to breach big firewalls and things like that that we have.”

Now, that has an interesting impact on the network itself, says Kerravala.

“You can try to train your users, but often, even the best-trained, something eludes them. And once they’re done, it’s up to the network to see those things. Security has become this kind of weird asymmetric problem where the number of entry points keeps growing exponentially. “

This is where the convergence of networks and security stands out, with networks assuming a critical role NOT as a goal, but as a tactic and tool for better security.

In this second episode of the Comcast podcast series “Network security for a hybrid business world “We will explore, with the help of front-line people, some of the tactics and tools that can reduce vulnerability, not just for ransomware, but across the entire threat matrix.

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