IT and security pros have been battling serious threats for a long time. On the one hand are risks like power outages, hardware failures and natural disasters. On the other are malicious insiders and crafty hackers, armed to the teeth with innovative tools and techniques for exploiting vulnerabilities and creating increasingly sophisticated viruses, malware and ransomware.
Defending against these threats was never a picnic, but by and large, the risks were limited in important ways. Natural threats are generally contained in geographical scope, so having a backup datacenter in another location was an effective defense. And human attackers were usually focused on a specific goal: getting access to your data in order to either steal it and sell it for profit or to encrypt it and hold it hostage for ransom, so IT pros knew to prioritize data protection strategies.
But things have taken a decidedly ugly turn of late — more and more attacks are simply seeking the total annihilation of your infrastructure. Sadly, many organizations are simply unprepared. This white paper reviews some of the most destructive recent attacks, analyzes their speed, scope and methodology, and explores the best strategies for defending your organization against them.