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COVID-19 set the scene for an explosion of ransomware incidents. As companies pivoted to remote working with little time to prepare, certain compromises had to be made in the interest of business continuity; for many businesses, this meant loosening security protocols to help employees remain productive.

But despite the near perfect-storm conditions, the rate of ransomware incidents remained stable. However, it’s unlikely that this trend will continue. While certain sectors have enjoyed a brief respite from ransomware, we believe that we may see a resurgence in attacks in the coming weeks as remote workers — and their potentially compromised devices — return to the office.