Ransomware has become one of the biggest cyber security threats in the world, with instances of ransomware in exploit kits increasing about 44% in the last six months. According to FBI statistics, hackers extorted business and institutions for more than $209 million in ransomware payments in the first three months of 2016. The business of ransomware is on pace to be a $1 billion a year crime.
- The most heavily targeted industries for ransomware are healthcare and financial services
- Nearly 80 percent of organizations breached have had high-value data held for ransom
- U.S. organizations believe that training end users and implementing ransomware-focused technologies are equally important
- Nearly 40 percent of ransomware victims paid the ransom