Will the Cyber Grinch steal Christmas this year? Today’s columnist, Curtis Simpson of Armis, offers online retailers some tips on how to lock down their systems this holiday season, especially IoT devices and sensors. (Credit: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

We all know that cybercriminals are opportunistic, especially attackers wielding ransomware. Hospitals overrun with COVID-19 cases are suffering system shutdowns and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to get back online. Ransomware gangs also targeted election systems too, slowing down the verification of absentee ballots in Georgia. Retailers and logistics suppliers are already falling victim to ransomware attacks, but with the busiest shopping season of the year coming up, they should prepare their companies for an onslaught of attacks from opportunistic threat actors.

It’s impossible to underestimate the impact of ransomware on any industry, and with the shift toward e-commerce this holiday season, retail has become a particularly ripe target. The biggest area of IoT growth – and ransomware concern – lies in the retail supply chain, which makes for a particularly attractive ransomware target.

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