What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware (Malicious Software) that aims to bypass network security protections, gain a foothold on endpoint devices or servers, discover and spread to other nodes on the network, and then at some point encrypt the data on devices and servers so that the cybercriminals behind the attack can demand a ransom from the affected organization in exchange for a decryption tool.

Ransomware can also be used for what is called double extortion. This is when cybercriminals make a copy of the data they’ve encrypted and store it in another location. Then they can sell it on the dark web to the highest bidder or leak the information to a public website.

About Critical Insight

Critical Insight is the only cybersecurity-as-a-service provider that prepares, monitors and responds to cyber threats, going beyond SOC-as-a-service offerings typical of Managed Detection and Response (MDR) offerings.

With a focus on organizations that deliver critical services – hospitals, local governments, utilities, school systems, and more – we provide end-to-end support to those with limited security teams or budgets to handle threats proactively and as they occur.

Based in Bremerton and Seattle, Washington, Critical Insight is a venture-backed company founded by former CISOs in the public sector. We are committed to training new analysts and providing the most up-to-date cybersecurity protection.

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Check out our Security Awareness Trainings

In these 60-minute sessions, you’ll learn how to spot the links to avoid, you’ll learn how ransomware really works, and you’ll come away with some pretty good stories to tell. This won’t be one of those boring trainings, we promise.