Unfortunately, data deletion is no longer a guarantee when you are dealing with multiple threat actors. And that means it’s not the same drill in the case of an attack. A number of ransomware groups are now focusing more on data exfiltration and less on the actual encryption. (Credit: gopixa/Adobe Stock) Unfortunately, data deletion is no longer a guarantee when you are dealing with multiple threat actors. And that means it’s not the same drill in the case of an attack. A number of ransomware groups are now focusing more on data exfiltration and less on the actual encryption. (Credit: gopixa/Adobe Stock)

With every passing year, cyberattacks are evolving and becoming more complex. As easy as it might be to dismiss this as “something that will never happen to us,” cyberthreats are very real and very prevalent, and companies must keep pace with threat actors’ evolving techniques in order to prepare and protect themselves.

Risk mitigation is more complicated today than it’s ever been.

Data exfiltration is really the silent threat in ransomware. If a security event is not taken seriously, the underlying threat could remain undetected and develop into a more serious attack.

Today, organizations can no longer afford to only worry about files being encrypted on their systems. Now they also need to worry about the fact that multiple threat actors may have access to their data — and the fact that the data is accessible to many means that it may be used in the future by one or more bad actors, even if your organization paid a ransom to de-encrypt.

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