What is ransomware by the numbers? How much of a threat does ransomware constitute for businesses of all sizes in 2021?
Here’s what you need to know. According to the Emsisoft The State of Ransomware in the US: Report and Statistics 2020, ransomware affected at least 2,354 US governments, healthcare facilities, and schools. In addition, at least 1,300 companies lost data to ransomware globally, a large proportion in the United States. In total, the estimated total cost of 2020’s attacks on governments at $915 million.
“As the attack surface expands, vulnerability management has a central role to play in modern cybersecurity strategies. Unpatched vulnerabilities leave sensitive data and critical business systems exposed, and represent lucrative opportunities for ransomware actors,” said Renaud Deraison, co-founder and chief technology officer at Tenable.
A 2020 report from PurpleSec notes the number of ransomware attacks rising by 350 percent since 2018; additionally, the average ransom payment increased by more than 100 percent and downtime by 200 percent. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, ransomware costs will reach $20 billion by 2021. The average cost of a ransom per incident reached $8,100.
Finally, the PurpleSec revealed that 20 percent of ransomware victims are small to mid-sized businesses. Yet at the same time, 29 percent of small businesses had experience with ransomware, making them more likely to be unprepared for the threat.
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