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When the possibility of payment is on the table, organizations need to know that simply making the payment could put them into legal jeopardy. When the possibility of payment is on the table, organizations need to know that simply making the payment could put them in legal jeopardy. (Photo: Sergey Nivens/Adobe Stock)

Editor’s Note: This is the first part of a two-part series examining some of the issues businesses should consider before paying a ransomware demand. Part 2 will appear tomorrow.

Ransomware is among the most offensive and damaging types of cyberattacks an organization can experience. The bad actors behind these attacks use malware to access systems and encrypt the data it encounters, crippling organizations and putting personal customer data at risk. Adding insult to injury, the attackers demand payment of a ransom before they will release the data back into the hands of the organization.

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