Last year, retailers reported the second highest percentage (77%) of ransomware attacks, just behind media and entertainment in Sophos’s The State of Ransomware 2022 report. Retail is especially vulnerable because it has large staff numbers and high turnover rates, making security an ongoing struggle for network administrators. The same report pegged the average cost of ransomware remediation at $1.4 million.

When it comes to protecting retail networks, some basic prevention can go a long way toward avoiding major damage.