It’s not just your endpoints that need protecting our servers hold your most critical data, your business applications and your highest privilege accounts, so protecting them is key to protecting your whole organisation.

What if a server with order processing or patient health records was maliciously encrypted and held hostage for ransom? What if an organisation’s domain controller was rendered unusable? Or what if an application server slowed to a crawl because attackers had managed to take advantage of an unpatched exploit to mine cryptocurrency?

If a laptop gets infected with ransomware, the user’s productivity is affected. But if a server is attacked and unavailable, the whole organisation may be impacted. You don’t have to look further than last year’s WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks to see examples of this.

Merck, the global pharmaceuticals company, Maersk, the global shipping and transportation company, and FedEx were all hugely financially impacted by the NotPetya attacks.

But it wasn’t just multinational corporations who fell victim. Smaller companies, such as Nuance Communications, were also attacked. The company recently disclosed its losses in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Nuance was unable to get its software back online completely until early August, inhibiting its ability to offer SaaS transcription services for healthcare companies. The company also mentioned that a subsequent data breach in November had occurred when “an unauthorised third party illegally accessed reports hosted on a Nuance transcription platform.”

The company expects to incur additional costs this year when it enhances and upgrades its cybersecurity software, while still providing additional resources to its health companies.

The 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report notes how ransomware has increased in prevalence because it has been, and continues to be, an effective tool for cybercriminals:

When we first started seeing ransomware, it was smaller organizations – one desktop, one laptop…Now it’s more widespread and affecting critical systems, including servers.

Over half of all the incidents reported included servers, so making sure you have protection in place couldn’t be more important.

Source: Sophos