Victims of Ransomware Attacks Vulnerable to More Attacks

A new report issued by online safety firm Sophos suggests that victims of illegal computer software attacks have a greater possibility of suffering more attacks within the following 12 months.

The report asserts that the healthcare industry is at the maximum danger of experiencing several illegal computer software attacks.

In the process of putting the statement together – “The Condition of Endpoint Safety Today” – the research company Vanson Bourne interrogated 2,700 IT administrators in sets of 100 to 5,000 users throughout the US, India, Japan, Australia, UK, Germany, France, Mexico, Canada, and South Africa. The results that the analysis showed make grim reading:

  • 54% of the analyzed firms endured one or more illegal computer software attacks in the 12 months.
  • Of the sets that were impacted by illegal computer software attacks, there was an average of two attacks experienced each group.
  • The average fiscal impact for each targeted business added up to $133,000 (including downtime, ransom paid, rectification expenses, etc.).
  • The financial charge for the topmost 3% of firms experiencing an illegal computer software attacks varied from $6.6 million to $13.3 million.
  • The healthcare industry was the main attention of illegal computer software attacks (76% of respondents), power was second (65%), expert services were third (59%), and trade (58%) fourth.
  • 77% of attacked groups were working with up-to-date endpoint safety at the time of the attack happening, nevertheless, 54% of groups haven’t adjusted particular anti-ransomware measures.

Irrespective of the reality that they are amongst the top investors in online safety, healthcare groups are more frequently struck by illegal computer software attacks. The compilers of the statement believe this is since healthcare is supposed as a soft goal by cybercriminals because of having an outdated Information Technology arrangement and imperfect resources for increasing IT safety. Healthcare groups are also supposed to be more prone to meet ransom calls.

This would propose that healthcare companies are devoting their IT budgets on the wrong style of safety fortifications, and the outcomes of the analysis seem to reiterate that belief. 60% of those interrogated said their current cyber fortifications are inadequate to cope with the increasing complexity of illegal computer software attacks, even though, just 31% of those interrogated think they will be sufferers of an illegal computer software attacks in the time to come.