UCalgary ransom payout makes financial sense, says expert

June 10, 2016

Paying hackers a ransom in order to retrieve valuable files and data makes good financial sense, according to University of Calgary Computer Science Professor John Aycock. The IT expert notes that as hacking becomes more sophisticated and security protocols lag behind, the necessity of paying ransoms to retrieve valuable information continues to grow. Aycock adds that “in context, even if you say you've saved an hour of everyone's time, you're actually ahead of the game in the big picture, so you could actually argue the university in fact got a bargain in some ways.” In the wake of the UCalgary cyberattack, Bertrand Marotte of the Globe and Mail outlines some of the ways that institutions can guard against the type of attack faced by UCalgary. CBC | Globe and Mail