Ransomware operators seek the help of insiders before attacking businesses

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A new survey suggests organizations must prepare for cyberattacks from all angles, as it finds that ransomware (opens in new tab) operators have approached employees from nearly half (48%) of surveyed businesses.

Conducted by identity and access management (IAM (opens in new tab)) firm Hitachi ID, the survey found a rise in remote and hybrid work (opens in new tab) environments has made businesses more prone to internal attacks. 

Unsurprisingly, of the employees solicited to assist in ransomware attacks on their businesses, 83% say it has become more prominent since they started working from home (opens in new tab).

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Hitachi ID argues that when it comes to attacks that rely on insider access, educating employees on cybersecurity (opens in new tab) is paramount. To this end 69% of the respondents claim to have increased cyber education for employees in the last 12 months.

Furthermore, a majority say that they have educated their employees to prevent phishing (opens in new tab) attacks (89%), create secure passwords (opens in new tab) (86%), and keep those passwords safe (opens in new tab) (95%).

The survey finds that most respondents are confident in their cybersecurity infrastructure, mainly thanks to multi-factor authentication (opens in new tab) (82%), single sign-on (80%), and identity access management (74%) projects.

“As organizations continue to grow their businesses in an increasingly risky cybersecurity landscape, leaders need to deliver a frictionless environment that enables productivity while employing fundamental Zero Trust (opens in new tab) principles of trust nothing, verify everything,” remarked (opens in new tab) Nicholas Brown, CEO of Hitachi ID.

However, he suggests that while implementing Zero Trust is the gold standard for security, it is important to remember that “Zero Trust is a journey, not a destination – and it can take time.”

Meanwhile, you can use these best firewall apps and services (opens in new tab) to build a digital moat around your network, and protect your computers with these best antivirus software (opens in new tab)

With almost two decades of writing and reporting on Linux, Mayank Sharma would like everyone to think he’s TechRadar Pro’s expert on the topic. Of course, he’s just as interested in other computing topics, particularly cybersecurity, cloud, containers, and coding.