Ransomware is Bigger Than Ever

Ransomware has become such a huge cybersecurity problem these days that it even hits the mainstream news. WannaCry crippled organizations worldwide. Variants of the Petya ransomware family, first discovered last year, devastated Ukrainian industry near the end of June 2017.

Amidst all of the chaos, security software developer Druva released their findings in their latest enterprise ransomware report, after surveying more than 800 IT professionals.

Here are some of the most intriguing findings:

  • 80% of organizations rely on backups to recover and restore crucial data after a ransomware attack. So back up everything!
  • Endpoints are no longer the only ransomware target. 33% of respondents have experienced ransomware attacks on servers.
  • Ransomware is like potato chips. You can’t always just eat one. Nearly 50% of respondents have faced multiple ransomware attacks.
  • Ransomware isn’t easy to contain. 70% of attacks reported by organizations spread to multiple devices.
  • Enterprises of all sizes and geographic locations are affected. The survey finds the ransomware impact is roughly equal across small, medium and large businesses, and different devices types.
  • Here’s what concerns me most: 825 of respondents have noted an increase in ransomware attacks.

Druva CEO Jaspreet Singh emphasizes the importance of the survey’s findings:

“It’s no longer a question of if an organization will be the victim of a ransomware attack, but when. Druva’s Annual Ransomware Report underscores the importance of planning. Simply put, protecting data protects your bottom line. It’s no surprise that more and more companies are relying on backup to recover from ransomware attacks. Simple preventative planning greatly mitigates what could otherwise be costly and destructive to data recovery, not to mention devastating to overall business viability.”

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Cylance Blog authored by Kim Crawley. Read the original post at: https://threatmatrix.cylance.com/en_us/home/ransomware-is-bigger-than-ever.html