Incidents involving ransomware are becoming more prevalent and can devastate an underprepared organization. What is most alarming is that ransomware variants are increasingly easier to obtain and deploy by not only criminal syndicates, but anyone with the means and desire to purchase.

In the community we have seen rapid development of ransomware with many of the more robust variants becoming more and more difficult to circumvent. Thankfully, many practitioners and researchers have come together to assist ransomware victims in recovering their data. While it is good to see open-sourced solutions available to mitigate ransomware and help victims recover their data, criminals that develop ransomware can easily sidestep identified recovery techniques and deploy a more advanced version.

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