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1/7/2017
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Kelly Sheridan
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What To Watch For With Ransomware: 2017 Edition

Ransomware will continue to evolve in 2017, bringing new and diverse threats to businesses. What changes are in store?
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Shift to mobile.

Ransomware operators have traditionally attacked computers but will target mobile devices more in the coming year, predicts Carder.

There are two key factors fueling the trend. One is the tremendous size of today's mobile market, which presents hackers with billions of opportunities to extort money from victims. The second is greater mobile expertise among ransomware users.

This has dangerous implications. People keep plenty of sensitive data on their phones. How much would they be willing to pay to keep it secret? How great is the risk for businesses with loosely controlled BYOD policies? Carder notes how organizations have put BYOD controls in place, but nobody has done it well. The move to mobile has potential to devastate businesses.

It's time for companies to decide how to handle mobile devices, says Carder. Either they control devices employees bring into the organization, or they don't allow mobile devices to enter the network if they're not company-owned.

"You can no longer ignore the problem and assume you'll be ok, especially now with an increase in mobile malware and attacks against mobile devices," he cautions.

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