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For the last few years, the cybersecurity threat landscape has gotten progressively more complex and dangerous. The online world is now rife with data thieves, extortionists, and even state actors looking to exploit vulnerabilities in businesses’ digital defenses.

And unfortunately — the bad guys have the upper hand at the moment. Part of the reason for that is the fallout from the rapid digitization made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to research on the subject, more than half of businesses have yet to mitigate the risks created by that digitization. And when you add a persistent shortage of cybersecurity workers to that fact, you have the makings of a scary situation.

But businesses aren’t helpless. There are plenty of things they can do to augment their defenses as they look to mitigate cyber risks. And best of all, some of those options won’t cost them a thing.

A great example of that is the open-source security platform Wazuh. It offers businesses a free solution to the following top six cyber threats — and then some.

Ransomware and Malware

Of all of the digital threats businesses now face, there’s one that most experts agree is the most pressing. It’s the threat of ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware designed to hold business systems and data hostage using sophisticated encryption technology.

Once it gets into a business network, it will encrypt valuable data and demand payment to return access to that data to the business.

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