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Sponsor: Ransomware impacting more businesses than you realize

Sponsor: Ransomware impacting more businesses than you realize

When it comes to running a business, there are many who believe that "all press is good press." The logic being, of course, that it's always good when people are talking about your brand, products and services. But, a recent survey seems to suggest that this manner of thinking isn't shared by everyone, and that's creating a problem in one major area.

Here on Komando.com we warn you regularly about the threat ransomware poses to your personal devices, and especially to your business. Still, it's easy to write it off and say, "It won't happen to me."

Ransomware is something you don't hear about all that often. But, it turns out, more companies are being hit by this malicious software than you hear about.

A recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Carbonite uncovered something shocking. It's not that small and midsized businesses aren't being affected by ransomware, it's just that they're often paying the ransom to recover their files. They do this in an effort to keep things quiet because not all press is actually good.

The study surveyed hundreds of IT professionals whose roles required them to contain ransomware attacks on their companies. When asked to fess up, around 50 percent of these individuals admitted that their companies had indeed been targeted by cybercrooks through ransomware.

Even more disturbing was the fact that the surveyed individuals also admitted to accommodating their attackers' demands and paying the ransom to regain access to the records stored on their systems. Not only that, they explained that this strategy was meant to keep the incident out of the public eye and protect the company's reputation.

Ransomware doesn't have to hurt

Little do these people know, getting hit by ransomware doesn't have to be a crisis. Around 42 percent of those who completed this survey explained that they didn't have to pay the ransom because they already had a "full backup."

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