The ransomware that has ravaged the world has been hitting businesses hard, but the criminals are now getting into their own businesses.
According to the Global Business Intelligence Network (GBIN), there were 7.5 million business files that were damaged in the first three weeks of March, up from 5.7 million the previous three weeks.
That is up from 2.7m in the same period a year ago.
It is also the biggest rise since the first quarter of 2016.
It was the highest since the start of the ransomware epidemic in the second quarter of 2017.
What this means for you is that if you are a business owner, you will need to plan for the next three weeks to make sure that your files are protected.
We spoke to a number of cyber-security experts, who told us that ransomware attacks can be a huge problem.
They are becoming increasingly difficult to detect and stop.
The threat has been around for some time, but now it is becoming more severe.
According the research firm Gartner, the number of ransomware attacks has increased every quarter since 2015.
The UK Government has warned businesses to prepare for ransomware attacks by using their own security solutions.
However, many businesses have not yet installed those solutions, which can lead to cyber-attacks.
Businesses should be prepared for ransomware and take a proactive approach to prevent it, said Kevin Poulton, CEO of Gartners.
It will take time, and it will be more than the average business, he said.
The biggest business risk right now is the ransomware, said James Stroud, CIO at cybersecurity firm Symantec.
But, in the long run, it could have a significant impact on all businesses, he added.
The threats of ransomware will also continue to grow, and we do not yet know how widespread the problem will be, said Poulson.
The number of business files attacked has doubled every quarter over the past year, with a total of 7.9 million.
There have also been a number in the thousands.
In the first two months of this year alone, there were more than 10,000 attacks, up nearly 20 per cent from the previous quarter.
It could take up to three years for the ransomware to affect a business.
However Garters experts said that there were still a number that are vulnerable, and that it could take even longer.
The Global Business Threats Research Centre (GTBRC) estimates that about 1,400 companies have been hit by ransomware in the past 12 months.
This is around 0.2 per cent of the global business market, according to the firm.
However the UK Government says it has seen about 1.6 million business-related ransomware threats.
The problem has also impacted companies across the globe.
As of January 2018, there had been more than 30,000 business-specific ransomware incidents, according the GTBRC.
In total, more than 5,000 companies in the UK have been affected by ransomware attacks, the report added.
While it may be easy to detect ransomware attacks in the dark, there are still ways to help protect your company from ransomware, according James.
“One of the things you need to do is to use your own personal ransomware management tools, like Kaspersky Lab Anti-Ransomware, or even a password manager,” he said, according.
This means setting up a password management system, keeping a backup, and securing any information stored on your company’s hard drive.
“These are all things you can do with a dedicated security tool, which is a great way to protect yourself against ransomware,” he added, according To prevent ransomware attacks from happening, it is important to be smart.
The best way to prevent ransomware is to make backups, and make sure your company has a good backup plan, said Chris Beresford, CTO at the cybersecurity firm FireEye.
“If you have your files on your hard drive, you can still have backups on a USB drive or on your computer.
And if you do a lot of business-critical data, then you can just encrypt your data with a password and you can get the data on your server back,” he explained.
However it is not always that simple.
There are a number business users that are facing ransomware attacks at the moment.
The most common ransomware threats are ransomware and ransomware-related email phishing scams, according Gartings experts.
“The phishing attacks are a huge concern for businesses because the email spam will arrive to the company with attachments.
So, businesses can be very careless with their email account, which could cause it to get compromised,” said Beresfield.