Ransomware as a Service 101

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Ransomware as a Service 101

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To help you enhance your defense against ransomware, Trend Micro Research shares key insights on how ransomware as a service (RaaS) operators work.

By: Trend Micro November 19, 2021 Read time:  ( words)

Individuals looking to launch costly attacks on large organizations don’t need to be skilled hackers. Thanks to ransomware as a service (RaaS), prospective attackers can easily equip themselves with the necessary tools and techniques. To help, Trend Micro Research takes a deeper look at most common ransomware families and techniques associated with this growing “business model,” enabling CISOs like yourself to fine-tune your security strategy for a more effective defense.

What is Ransomware as a Service (RaaS)?

Credited as one of the reasons causing ransomware attacks to grow, RaaS, based on the SaaS model, involves selling or renting ransomware capabilities to buyers (called affiliates). Among the key players in this ecosystem are the operators, those who develop and sell the ransomware. They are usually part of a larger group with designated roles.

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