Kenya has broken its ways to becoming one of the fastest growing countries in terms of telecommunication infrastructure .It ranks top three having the fastest internet speed in Africa.
Having this in mind, Kenya has become one of the most targeted countries by cyber criminals. In most
cases, individuals and business are faced with one major predicament, whether to pay or not pay
Previous research has shown that ransomware has maintained its attractiveness among cyber criminals
in 2016. It has evolved and grown steadily on multiple platforms including mobile which therefore
means every individual and businesses accessing internet connection is vulnerable.
Many ransomware campaigns use phishing emails as an entry point and may amount to another
malware’s payload. Also, an attack may be delivered by an exploit kit seeking weaknesses in order to
install and execute malware on the affected computer. To a trained expert and a protected computer, it
is easier to spot and remove the infected emails before the attack is partially or fully deployed.
Often individuals and organizations realize they are under attack when their data has already been
encrypted and expensive demand note is permanently attached as their screensavers on their devices.
This therefore raises the question should one pay or not pay the demand issued?
As long as ransomware remains profitable, it will continue being a problem especially for emerging
technologies like Kenya. For this reason, precaution in the form of strong internet security regime,
supported by regular training of staff. ESET recommends StorageCraft as a world leading disaster
recovery vendor, through proper implementation.