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When I was in high school, a friend of mine had a poster on his wall that read, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you."


That pretty well summarizes how the world of cybersecurity and insurance works. Companies may feel paranoid for looking over their shoulder all the time, expecting something back to happen, but we all know that there are plenty of bad guys out to find all the victims they can.


Ransomware, in particular, has become an enormous problem. A few years ago, hackers would make limited strikes and hit a few computers at a company, then demand $10,000 or maybe $20,000 to unlock them. Now, though, hackers have figured out ways to combine their specialized skills and make a much broader attack that includes finding and locking up the backup servers -- which means the hackers have pretty much shut a company down and can make any ransom demand they want. Demands of $500,000 or more are common, and some reach into the many millions of dollars.


Insurance is surely part of the solution for most companies, but paranoia plays a role, too. Companies need to spend much more time focusing on how to prevent the cyber attacks in the first place, and the best insurance companies are using their expertise to help clients with that effort. New tools and techniques offer considerable hope.



Within that effort at prevention, there is room for an awful lot more cooperation. Law enforcement can work with insurers and company clients to educate them on trends and offer advice, and insurers and their clients can work together to share information on vulnerabilities and on potential solutions. As long as the bad guys are working together, the good guys need to, too.



- Paul Carroll, ITL's Editor-in-Chief



The Alarming Surge in Ransomware Attacks

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Get to know this month's FOCUS article authors:

Evan Bundschuh

Kelly Castriotta

Laurel Di Silvestro

Mark Greisiger

Charles Pruzinsky

Erica Sunarjo

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