Cyberattacks are an increasingly common presence in the news, and disruptionware has emerged as a popular — and particularly nefarious — type of attack. Disruptionware poses an especially troubling threat, because it attacks both an organization’s information technology and operational technology networks — often with highly destructive goals. In this episode of the Faegre Drinker on Law and Technology Podcast, host Jason G. Weiss sits down with Peter Baldwin to break down disruptionware attacks, the industries that are most susceptible to them, and what we can learn from high-profile incidents.
The conversation covers a number of questions, including:
- What is disruptionware? How might a disruptionware attack affect victims?
- Ransomware is a type of disruptionware — what makes it unique within the broader disruptionware category?
- What makes disruptionware attacks effective?
- What efforts are being undertaken to protect against cyberattacks?
- What is driving the proliferation and efficacy of ransomware and other disruptionware attacks?
- What industries are particularly likely to be targeted by disruptionware attacks? What makes them susceptible?
- What should companies be doing to protect against and mitigate the risk of disruptionware attacks?