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Can businesses fight back against the surge of ransomware in 2018?

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Cybercrime has grown in scope and severity to the extent that there are now a number of parallels that can be drawn between today's organised cybercriminals and the Mafia gangs of the 1930s according to a new report from Malwarebytes. 

The security company has unveiled its new report, The New Mafia: Gangs and Vigilantes – A Guide to Cybercrime for CEOs (opens in new tab), to help organisations better understand the current state of cybercrime so that they might be able to rise up and take a stand against it. 

Malwarebytes discovered that despite the severe financial and reputational risks that cybercrime poses to businesses, many leaders still greatly underestimate the vulnerability of their own organisations.    

The number of ransomware attacks detected by the company from the beginning of this year to October (opens in new tab) have already surpassed the total figures for 2016 by 62 per cent.  This illustrates just how ambitious cybercriminals have grown and it is finally time for businesses to stand up for themselves and Malwarebytes suggests they do so by acting as 'vigilantes' through increased collective awareness, sharing their knowledge and deploying proactive defences. 

The stigma placed on businesses that have fallen victim to a cyberattack must be the first thing to change and instead of shaming them, organisations must engage them and actively work together to fix the problem.  

Malwarebytes CEO, Marcin Kleczynski (opens in new tab) provided further insight on the reports' findings, saying: 

“The ‘New Mafia’, identified by our report, is characterised by the emergence of four distinct groups of cybercriminals: traditional gangs, state-sponsored attackers, ideological hackers and hackers-for-hire. Through greater vigilance and a comprehensive understanding of the cybercrime landscape, businesses can support the efforts of legislators and law enforcement, while also taking matters into their own hands.” 

“The most damaging cyberattacks to businesses are the ones that go undetected for long stretches of time. In spite of high-profile occurrences over the last year, this report shows that many business executives may still have some knowledge gaps to fill. CEOs will soon have little choice but to elevate cybercrime from a technology issue to a business-critical consideration.” 

By better understanding the current cybercrime landscape, businesses may be able to unite to turn the tide before things get even worse.

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After getting his start at ITProPortal and then working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches to how to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.