Ransomware has become an endemic problem in both the public and private sectors globally. And, let’s be honest: it has been for years. Recently, the cybercrime landscape shifted. High-profile incidents have underscored a pattern of ransomware gangs moving steadily up the food chain: from small, unsophisticated organizations such as local governments to some of the largest, wealthiest and most technically sophisticated firms in the world, including Garmin, Konica-Minolta and the mobile operator Orange.
How have they done it? By attacking what we call Critical Controls Infrastructure (CCI). Simply put, CCI are the systems deep inside a company that implement the key controls that underpin the organization’s security program. These include general IT controls, but most especially include authentication infrastructure such as Microsoft Active Directory.
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