Debilitating ransomware attacks struck a host of public and private entities this year, ranging from cities such as Baltimore to a large number of law firms. While those events grabbed headlines for encrypting data and locking entities out of systems, ransomware incidents have “sharply declined” since 2018, the FBI announced last month.

Despite the reported downturn, the FBI’s press release still discouraged ransomware payments, noting it motivates hackers to continue targeting entities and payments don’t ensure files will be decrypted. But in a real-life scenario, ransomware can paralyze any organization’s workflow and easily stir panic that leads to rash decision-making.

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