There’s no question that ransomware is on the rise. In the 2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers reported 623.3 million ransomware attacks globally, a 105% year-over-year increase. And many industries saw triple- and even quadruple-digit spikes, such as government (+1,885%), healthcare (+755%) and education (+152%).
If your organization hasn’t yet dealt with an attack like this, however, it’s easy to see ransomware as an unusual and far-off problem. While this may have been true 10 years ago, today ransomware touches every facet of our lives.
To illustrate both the pervasiveness of ransomware, as well as its ability to disrupt the lives of an average person, we’ve constructed an average day that any business traveler might experience:
At 7 a.m., the alarm on your Apple iPhone jolts you awake to start another day. You suds up with some Avon body wash, pull on your Guess slacks and a Boggi Milano blazer, and grab your Kenneth Cole briefcase before heading out the door.
Once inside your Honda Passport, you tune in to your favorite sports podcast, where they’re recapping last night’s San Francisco 49ers game. You become so immersed in the discussion you almost forget to stop for fuel — you grab a Coke while you’re there, just in case you’re waiting a while for your flight.
Once you get to the airport, you check in, then look for a quiet place to get some work done. Fortunately, at this point the lounge is deserted. You dig out your Bose earbuds and stream some Radiohead from your laptop while you wait for boarding.
Your flight is uneventful, and the crowds at Hartsfield-Jackson International are almost as sparse as the ones at Cleveland Hopkins International. But unfortunately, you’re completely famished by this point. There’s a McDonalds on Concourse A, and you order a cheeseburger.
The evening is young and you consider going out, but it’s been a long day. On your way to check in at the Ritz Carlton, you decide to stop at a Barnes and Noble. You grab a graphic novel and treat yourself to a box of SweeTarts to enjoy during your quiet night in.
According to the cable listings, there’s an NBA game on TV, but it doesn’t start until 9 p.m. — giving you a few minutes to log in to Kronos and get a head start on expense reports. With a full day of meetings ahead of you, you enjoy a hot shower, pull on your pajamas and slippers, and head off to bed.
While the number of organizations affected by ransomware grows every day, yours doesn’t have to be one of them. Part of avoiding ransomware is knowing how ransomware groups operate, what industries they target and where they’re likely to hit next. For a comprehensive look at SonicWall’s exclusive ransomware data for the past year, download the 2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report.