As Ransomware Attacks Grow in Sophistication, Both Employees and Employers are Paying Ransoms in Record Numbers
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Intermedia, a leading cloud business applications provider, today released Part 2 of its three-part 2017 Data Vulnerability Report, which examines the critical security behavioral habits of more than 1,000 office workers and provides guidance on how to handle them.
Ransomware attacks continue to grow exponentially
Even with the increased publicity and impact of global ransomware attacks like WannaCry and Petya, and emerging strains such as Bad Rabbit, awareness still lags behind. About one-third (31%) of office workers admit they aren't familiar with ransomware. This is not for lack of effort among companies though, with 70% of office workers saying their organization regularly communicates about cyber threats and nearly one-third (30%) saying their organization specifically highlighted the WannaCry ransomware attack as an example.
Employees actions may be contributing to ransomware spike
SMBs are particularly vulnerable to ransomware attacks
What organizations should do, in light of these findings
Part 2 of Intermedia's 2017 Data Vulnerability Report provides additional eye-opening insights into the reality of how office workers handle ransomware attacks and the impact on their organizations. The report includes tips and advice for companies on how to prevent a ransomware attack as well as a step-by-step guide on how to recover should you fall victim…without paying the ransom.
This is the second part of an ongoing series. Part 3 will look at the risky data and file sharing behaviors of office workers, how sensitive information gets passed around, and the significant detriments these behaviors can cause an organization. View Parts 1 and 2 of the report, as well as sign up for a series alert, here.
With more than $200 million in annualized revenue, Intermedia serves more than 110,000 business customers and 6,500 active partners, including VARs, MSPs, distributors and telecoms. Its Partner Program enables solution providers to differentiate and increase profitability by selling under their own brand. Intermedia is a leading cloud voice service provider, and the world's largest independent provider of Exchange email in the cloud. For more information, visit Intermedia.net or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
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1 As reported by the Cyber Threat Alliance
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