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  1. 1. SOURCE: Ransomware. A Victim’s Perspective – A Study on US and European Internet Users by Bitdefender ARE YOU BEING HELD FOR RANSOM? Ransomware plagues 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: Cyber Security Incident Response & Enterprise Cyber Security Program IT Services: $350 million in damage has been caused by ransomware targeting internet users & organizations in 2015. US users 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. 32% Personal documents, 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: