If you’re an IT security specialist, you’re probably familiar with the overwhelming number of cyberattacks that organizations have faced since the beginning of the pandemic. Attackers are constantly looking for ways to compromise an organization’s network, and upon gaining entry, stealthily escalate privileges to carry out their attacks, often with a major impact on the victim organization.

You might have noticed that this is especially true in the case of ransomware attacks. But, do you know the full extent of ransomware attacks in 2021? If not, then prepare yourself; SonicWall’s Cyber Threat Report released earlier this year reveals mind-boggling stats.

  • Ransomware attacks in 2021 saw an increase of 105% compared to 2020 (and a 231.7% increase since 2019), reaching an astonishing number of 623.3 million attacks, translating to about 20 ransomware attack attempts every second.

  • Ransomware saw a year-over-year increase of 104% in North America, 122% in Asia, and a steep 175% in Europe.

  • While the US witnessed the most attacks, Germany overtook the UK to become the second most targeted country, with its year-over-year increase reaching a staggering 3,256%.

  • The healthcare sector remains one of the most popular targets for ransomware.

Seeing these stats, you might realize that you need to understand ransomware and strategize how to combat it better. Doing this is the only effective way of preempting such attacks and mitigating them before they wreak havoc.

This is especially true for IT security professionals who work in the healthcare industry. Nowadays, with a single patient record fetching over $1,000 on the dark web, and attackers employing triple extortion techniques, preventing attacks and ensuring customer data privacy and security is critical. So, take this chance to arm yourself with the knowledge you need to tackle ransomware attacks by reading the e-book: A security analyst’s guide to understanding ransomware: The healthcare edition.

This e-book explores:

  • The increasing frequency and impact of ransomware in the healthcare industry and its customers.

  • The five stages of ransomware in healthcare in detail.

  • How to map the MITRE ATT&CK matrix to the five stages of ransomware.

  • The recent ransomware strains that have cropped up because of the Log4j vulnerability.

  • How a unified SIEM solution like ManageEngine Log360 can protect your organization from ransomware attacks.

Ready to learn?

Download the e-book, A security analyst’s guide to understanding ransomware: The healthcare edition, and learn how to leverage your security analytics solution to prevent and thwart ransomware attacks in healthcare. If you’re a security analyst contemplating a suitable SIEM solution that innately supports the MITRE ATT&CK framework, check out Log360 by signing up for a personalized demo. Happy learning, folks!