Defense Guide: Cyber Threats Spiked 70% in 2021

Ransomware payments by victims spiked 70 percent YoY in 2021; ransomware continues to hammer healthcare and education, but all industries are at risk (Holdeman, 2022). “Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid” (Oxford). It is one of the many cyber threats plaguing U.S. businesses as of late.

Defense Guide for Commercial Cyber Risk:


Purchase cyber insurance

The only failsafe against cyber risk is protecting businesses with guaranteed indemnity when a loss arises. It is vital to structure an adequate risk financing plan with properly set limits and retentions.

Do you have a security awareness training program for employees?

Coalition recommends implementation as a vital defense mechanism.

Increase email security

A mail proxy can filter malicious emails (2021 Coalition).

Implement Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)

Google Authenticator can be used, for example. “Approximately 80% of email intrusion incidents happen because of weak or stolen passwords. One of the most effective methods to mitigate the risk of an email-based cybersecurity incident is to enable Multifactor Authentication” (2021 Coalition).

Maintain good data backups

Developing a contingency plan:

  • “What data should be backed up, and where it should be stored;
  • How frequently data backups should occur;
  • How quickly you could restore your data from that system in the event of an incident and at different times;
  • How you can test and iterate on your backup solution to ensure it’s working as intended and accommodates changing business needs” (2021 Coalition).
4 final tips:
  • Encrypt your data;
  • Update your software;
  • Use a password manager;
  • Scan for malicious software (2021 Coalition).



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Holdeman, E. (2022, May 20). Hacking and ransomware remain a significant challenge. Continuity Professionals Pulse. Retrieved May 2022, from


Oxford languages and google – english. Oxford Languages. (n.d.). Retrieved May 24, 2022, from