SOURCE: Ransomware. A Victim’s Perspective – A Study on US and European Internet Users by Bitdefender
internet users daily.
Organizations are bombarded with attacks containing
ransomware and their employees’ lack of knowledge of what
to do, unsuspecting users, and users in denial (“It won’t
happen to me.”) can cause havoc with your corporate security.
Ransomware is a type of malware
that restricts access to the infected computer system in some
way and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware
operators to remove the restriction.
Some forms of ransomware systematically encrypt files on the system’s
hard drive, which become difficult or impossible to decrypt without
paying the ransom for the encryption key, while some may simply lock
the system and display messages intended to coax the user into paying.
Prevention is the cure.
Once your organization has opened the door, your IT team has
to deal with the threat – but your information has been hijacked
already. The best solution to protecting your organization is through
prevention – by educating your security officers with a cyber security
course of study, and communicating your corporate process to
protect employees from falling victim.
Tools to Succeed:
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in damage has been caused
by ransomware targeting internet
users & organizations in 2015.
are the main target.
50% of users
cannot accurately identify ransomware
as a type of threat that prevents or
limits access to computer data.
50% of all victims
are willing to pay up to $500 to recover encrypted data.
50% of American ransomware victims
have paid the ransom.
32% of users
unaffected by ransomware think it is improbable
or very improbable they will get infected.
61% of all malware
files targeting US Internet users, distributed via
email, contained some form of ransomware.
like patient records and financial data,
rank first among user priorities.
4.1% of the US
population or ~13.1 million people
have been targeted by malware.
American users are the most sought-after targets.
Most Americans don’t realize they are targets.
Konica Minolta can help.
Users open the door to malicious ransomware.
A recent study by Bitdefender confirms the facts: