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More new types of ransomware emerged in the first six months of 2016 than the entire previous year, doubling the total number of varieties out there, says a recent report from security software firm Trend Micro. The report also says ransomware cost businesses $209 million in the first half of 2016 alone.
Meanwhile, a survey of top security pros suggests this rapid growth in ransomware is one of the most serious new cyberthreats they face — in fact, more than a third of them called it their biggest emerging concern.
The best response to ransomware is twofold: first, keep it off your network, and second, if that fails, have a full backup of your data so you don't have to pay to retrieve it. Xantrion can help you with both.