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Ransomware Threat Assessments: A Companion to the 2021 Unit 42 Ransomware Threat Report

A conceptual image representing ransomware, such as the families covered in this package of ransomware threat assessments.

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To evaluate the scope of ransomware attacks and provide actionable steps to mitigate risk, the Unit 42 threat intelligence team and the Crypsis incident response team collaborated to analyze the ransomware threat landscape in 2020. With global data from Unit 42 as well as data from the U.S., Canada and Europe from Crypsis, the 2021 Unit 42 Ransomware Threat Report details key ransomware trends, variants and predictions, including:

  • 2020 ransomware landscape observations, including how ransomware has tried to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, shifts in threat actor approach and information on targeted platforms.
  • Average ransomware payments from organizations across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
  • Predictions for the future of ransomware, including our ideas of how the use of variants could increase and ransom demands could get higher. We also detail how we expect threat actors to leverage the ransomware-as-a-service model.
  • Actionable guidance on how to minimize risk and keep your organization safe from attacks.

To learn more about the current state of ransomware and how to keep your organization safe, download the 2021 Unit 42 Ransomware Threat Report and join our webinar on April 27.

To learn more specifics about major ransomware families, please see our previously published ransomware threat assessments on Maze, Ryuk, WastedLocker and Egregor.

On the pages that follow, you’ll find detailed ransomware threat assessments for several ransomware families covered in the report, including:

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