Only 50% of ransomware victims recover stolen data

With so many ransom attacks occurring these days, it’s difficult to know what you should do if you become a victim.

Many companies might err on the side of caution, paying the ransom to get their files released quickly. But that may not be the best route to take.

A survey of 1,200 IT professionals conducted by research firm CyberEdge Group revealed that only half of those who faced a ransomware attack and paid the ransom were able to recover their stolen files.

Of the 38.7% of respondents who paid the ransom, 19.1% recovered their data. The other half lost it permanently, either because attackers didn’t provide ways to decrypt the files or the help they provided didn’t work.

Since paying the ransom is no guarantee of getting your files back, data best practices are essential to keeping your business protected.

New data backup ideas

Timely, routine backups are still the best way to make sure your data stays safe and is easy to recover in case of a ransomware attack.

But many companies are reexamining their methods and determining new ways to protect info.

If you haven’t already, you might want to try transitioning to a completely cloud-based backup, which can keep info secure and improve accessibility across your business.


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