Ransomware Threat Just as Urgent as Terrorism, Say Two-Thirds of IT Pros

Ransomware Threat Just as Urgent as Terrorism, Say Two-Thirds of IT Pros

Nearly two-thirds (60%) of security professionals believe the threat of ransomware should be treated with the same urgency as terrorism, according to new research by Venafi.

The survey of 1500 IT security decision-makers from the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, Benelux and the US highlights the growing concerns about the scale and damage of ransomware attacks, which have surged during the COVID-19 crisis.

More than two-thirds (67%) of respondents from organizations with over 500 employees experienced a ransomware attack over the past 12 months. For organizations with 3000-4999 employees, that figure rose to an astonishing 80%.

Of those organizations that have been breached, 17% admitted they paid the ransom. US respondents paid most often (25%), while Australian firms paid the least often (9%).

Worryingly, over a third (37%) of the IT decision-makers admitted they would pay a ransom following a successful attack. However, over half (57%) of this group said they would reverse that decision if they were required to publicly report the payment. This requirement could be put into law in the US under the Ransomware Disclosure Act, a bill recently introduced to the US Senate. This would force organizations to disclose

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