These security missteps represent common low-hanging fruit attackers seek to infect companies with ransomware and other costly exploits. Before the pandemic, cloud adoption was already expanding rapidly, and it accelerated even faster once companies had to make urgent changes to their business operations. For example, the Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report found that 61% of companies made slightly higher-than-planned cloud investments and 29% made significantly higher-than-planned cloud investments in 2020. However, besides the overnight changes in how companies work, another area witnessed explosive growth: cyberattacks. According to a research study by Deep Instinct, ransomware attacks increased 435% in 2020 compared with 2019, and malware increased 358% during the same period. Additionally, the average ransomware payout has grown to nearly $234,000 per event, according to cybersecurity firm Coveware.
Dan joined Presidio in 2021 as Senior Vice President of Technology Solutions where he will be responsible to lead the presales solution architect organization. He is tasked to partner with our sales and marketing organizations to lead the enablement and execution of all aspects of our technology messaging and activities. Dan is a 20+ year veteran of our industry having started out at EMC as a Hardware Engineer then rapidly progressing through their presales engineering organization holding various leadership and strategy roles. Upon Dell’s acquisition of EMC in 2016, Dan was promoted to run Commercial presales globally for the combined entity supporting an $8B business with over 2000 technical resources in his organization. He recently had responsibility for all presales engineering aligned to their data center business in North America. Dan holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.