Endpoint security tops the priority list for many enterprise IT leaders this year, across a wide range of industries. One main reason: “2016 is shaping up as the year of ransomware - and the FBI isn’t helping” (Los Angeles Times).
Ransomware, distributed by criminals via automated phishing email campaigns and large-scale infections of web servers, infiltrates the networks of hospitals, law firms and energy utilities alike, encrypting stored data, and demanding payment to unlock the victim’s data.
Data breaches at major law firms and healthcare data providers have already reached record numbers in the first half of this year. In many cases, the organization’s use of regular, non-secure browsers - which fetch and process code from the web on the local computer, including malware - opened the door for outside attackers.