Port of LA, shipping container in the port
Disrupting the flow of goods and services is a keen priority for threat actors and critical infrastructure has long been a favored target. In 2021, the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack caused a devastating impact to the economy when Russia-based hackers halted fuel movement along the critical U.S. Gulf and East Coast pipeline.

But this and other attacks may only be the beginning of an alarming ransomware trend aimed at U.S. critical infrastructure. Ransomware-as-a-service tools make ransomware easy to execute, making it the dominant cyber threat to enterprises in 2022. Indeed, the FBI recently warned that hackers have already developed ransomware code designed to disrupt critical infrastructure or industrial processes.
ransomware as a service
Ransomware attacks are on the rise, doubling in the last year alone. But why has ransomware emerged as the weapon of choice for bad actors? The answer comes down to time and money.

Thanks to the proliferation of ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS), ransomware attacks are significantly cheaper to execute and require less skill than other forms of breaches. They are also highly profitable.
ransomware in retail
Recent BitSight research shows that 75% of retail businesses may be at increased risk of ransomware attacks as indicated by poor TLS/SSL configuration management. With the holiday shopping season upon us, it's more important than ever for retailers to evaluate their security posture.

Large retail businesses may have hundreds or even thousands of TLS/SSL certificates identifying specific Internet-connected devices. Plus, many lack an organization-wide framework for discovering, cataloging, and managing TLS/SSL configurations. Instead, management is conducted on an ad hoc basis, usually at a departmental level.