Ransomware by the Numbers
Ransomware made easy? Yep! It’s really simple.
If business owners fail to understand how real the threat of ransomware is, let us share some sobering statistics with you.
Here are five serious facts to know:
1. In just the first three months of 2016 (the latest year they have complete statistics) attacks increased tenfold over all of 2015, costing victims more than $200 million, according to the FBI. Since so many ransomware attacks go unreported, this only represents a fraction of actual attacks.
2. In 2014-2015, around 27,000 corporate users were attacked. Compare that with 2015-2016, when that number rose to 158,000. According to security vendor Kaspersky Labs, this is because corporations can afford to pay higher ransom and cannot tolerate a complete loss of their systems.
3. According to Webroot, 97% of malware today can morph to become unique to each endpoint device—rendering traditional, signature-based security virtually useless, and highlighting the need for backup.
4. Webroot also reported that 100,000 net new malicious IP addresses were created per day in 2015, up from 85,000 a day in 2014, indicating cybercriminals are expanding to new IPs to avoid detection.
5. According to threat management vendor PhishMe, the first three months of 2016 has seen a 6.3 million increase in phishing emails, due primarily to a ransomware upsurge — a 789% increase over the previous quarter.
Ransomware made easy? Yep!
It’s really simple . . . Protect your business or you could lose your business.
“Ransomware attacks are happening with increased regularity—it’s certainly not trending downwards,” said Frank Slattery of MSP Teamlogic IT, datto Partner. “It’s a big problem, but it’s also a big opportunity to educate clients and give them the tools they need to protect their data.”
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