Why Ransomware?

Attackers know your weaknesses.

Ransomware is a type of malware that limits access to a computer, device or file until a ransom has been paid.

Key Statistics

Exponential Rise

600% growth in new ransomware families since December 2015 (Sourcec: TrendMicro, 2016).

High Vulnerability

Email and attachments is the #1 delivery vehicle for ransomware.

Million Dollar Industry

$209 million was paid to ransomware criminals in Q1 2016 (Source: CNN, 2016).

SMEs are Targeted

Nearly 50% of organizations have been hit with ransomware (ICIT and Carnegie Mellon University, 2016).

Key Facts

With more and more criminals flocking to ransomware as a source of cheap and easy income, ransomware authors have scrambled to meet the demand. According to TrendMicro, 50 new ransomware families were discovered in the first five months of 2016. That’s easily on pace to surpass the 100 new ransomware families that Symantec says were discovered in 2015.”

Emails with malicious links and malicious attachments account for 59% of ransomware infections. According to the Osterman Research survey, users are more than twice as likely to be infected by clicking something in an email than visiting an infected website."

Estimates from the FBI put ransomware on pace to be a $1 billion-dollar source of income for cyber criminals in 2016. The agency pointed to a jump in cases where victims reported bigger losses, and hinted that the actual ransom payment totals may be even larger since many choose not to report the crime."

But There is Hope ... We Can Help!

According to the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) and Carnegie Mellon University in 2016, preventing infection is preferred over remediation efforts. The first step to mitigating a ransomware threat is to implement a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. In addition to a cybersecurity strategy they conclude that employee training and awareness must improve."

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