Ransomware has been everywhere in the news lately. It seems like everyone is getting hit this year, including the city of Atlanta, the PGA, hospitals, and countless others—including private businesses who chose to pay up rather than face public scrutiny for what might be perceived as poor security practices.

Ransomware is a kind of computer attack which involves a hacker forcefully encrypting files on a computer network, usually by means of a network security flaw or tricking victims into running a malicious file. The hackers then demand to be paid for the decryption keys, which the victim needs to retrieve their files.

It’s not pretty. As you can see from the examples above, recovering from a ransomware attack can be extremely costly. Understand that the examples given are high profile targets to prove a point. The reality is that