In February 2016, South Carolina’s Horry County School District was forced to pay a $10,000 ransom to unlock critical data and systems following a ransomware attack. This certainly came as a shock, but unfortunately these types of attacks on schools aren’t all that uncommon.  But one has to wonder – could the attack have been prevented? Once it happened, could Horry County have avoided paying the ransom?

Ransomware is insidious and effective, and its use is growing fast. Increasing numbers of people in organizations of all sizes have experienced the profound dismay of showing up to work, only to find their...

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    By Sanjay Ramnath, VP, Security Products and Business Strategy, Barracuda.