The numbers are in and they are terrible. The FBI reports that more than 4,000 ransomware attacks occur daily and industry research has found there are 230,000 new malware samples produced every day. During the past six years, the Breach Level Index reports that 15 billion data records have been lost or stolen. That translates to 6.4 million per day, 4,463 every minute, and 74 records every second. In the time it took you to read this paragraph, roughly 2,000 records were stolen.

Malware in general and in its various iterations — ransomware, trojans and the like — are becoming one of the enterprises’ biggest headaches. And yet, companies sally forth piecing together defenses that might have been designed when networks still had “perimeters,” cloud computing was anything but ubiquitous, or simply based on kludging together whatever tools were on hand rather than building a thoughtful, strategic defense.

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