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Recent research from Hornetsecurity indicates that the apprehension about ransomware attacks is palpable, with 60% of companies expressing significant concern. The landscape of digital security is constantly shifting, and businesses are becoming increasingly wary of the potential threats posed by ransomware.
Hornetsecurity’s data shows that an overwhelming 92.5% of businesses recognize the detrimental effects ransomware could bring to their operations. Yet, there’s a disparity in proactive measures, as only 54% of the businesses surveyed reported that their leadership participates actively in discussions and decisions about preventing such threats. Additionally, 39.7% expressed confidence in their IT departments handling the challenges without leadership intervention.
Daniel Hofmann, the CEO of Hornetsecurity, commented on the findings, emphasizing the importance of robust ransomware protection strategies for businesses to thrive. He highlighted that prioritizing security awareness and implementing multi-layered protections can effectively mitigate potential losses.
It’s heartening to note that 93.2% of businesses surveyed place great importance on ransomware protection in their IT priorities. Furthermore, 87.8% have devised disaster recovery plans to combat ransomware threats. However, the 12.2% of businesses without such plans mostly attribute their unpreparedness to resource constraints. Interestingly, a third of those businesses don’t consider a disaster recovery plan as a priority set by their management.
In tracking the evolution of ransomware, Hornetsecurity’s research shows nuanced changes in attack trends over the years. The number of reported victims has fluctuated marginally from 21.1% in 2021 to 23.9% in 2022, settling at 19.7% in 2023. On the brighter side, the percentage of companies admitting to paying a ransom has also declined over the years.
The data paints an optimistic picture for 2023, with more businesses acknowledging the importance of protective measures and fewer falling prey to ransomware attacks. Yet, the complexity of ransomware is increasing, underscoring the need for constant vigilance. Notably, the percentage of businesses investing in end-user training has seen a commendable rise from 71.2% in 2021 to 81% in 2023.
Hofmann also weighed in on the data, pointing out that while there might be fewer ransomware attacks, the level of threat remains undiminished. Continuous education for all users is indispensable, especially as cyber threats are becoming more refined.
On the defensive front, Hornetsecurity’s survey sheds light on popular tools used against potential ransomware threats:
- 87.8% leverage endpoint detection software with anti-ransomware features.
- 84.4% rely on email filtration and threat analysis.
- 22.4% have begun using AI-enhanced security solutions.
When it comes to protecting backups from ransomware, businesses prefer:
- Immutable storage (40.6% of respondents)
- Tight control over user and application permissions (38.3%)
- Air-gapped storage (27.8%).
The ever-present unpredictability of ransomware attacks has prompted 76.2% of businesses to reevaluate their data backup strategies. And of those with a recovery plan for Microsoft 365 data, a strong majority are confident in their chosen approach. Meanwhile, 55.1% trust that their data backups can withstand a ransomware attack in the current climate.