In June 2016 a total of 1,138 companies were surveyed in a variety of industries and compared levels of concern about ransomware in 2014 to 2016. It’s not a pretty picture. 

There is growing apprehension over ransomware, rising to 79% from 73% of those who are very or extremely concerned about it. There was a huge jump in companies hit directly by ransomware at 38% in 2016 compared to 20% in 2014. Midsize companies 250 -1000 were the hardest hit at 54%. Two out of three knew someone who was hit at 65% compared to 43% in 2014.  IT professionals surveyed are even more worried ransomware will continue to grow scoring 93% over 88% in 2014.

We thought it would be interesting to see the level of impact that ransomware has had in two years time. The threat of ransomware is very real and IT professionals are increasingly realizing traditional solutions are failing. End-user Security Awareness Training is one of the most effective security practices to combat these ransomware threats.