Magazine article Information Management

Most Ransomware Attacks Bypass E-Mail Filtering

Magazine article Information Management

Most Ransomware Attacks Bypass E-Mail Filtering

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As reported on esecurltyplanet. com, the results of a recent Barkly survey suggest that ransomware attacks are routinely bypassing e-mail filters.

The survey queried 60 organizations that had been hit by a ransomware attack in the past year. More than three-fourths of the respondents said the attacks bypassed their filters. Additionally, 95% of the attacks bypassed the victims' firewalls as well, and about half of them got past the systems' anti-malware solutions.

Further, about one-third of the attacks succeeded even though the organizations had conducted security awareness training.

In response to the attacks, many companies doubled down on the security measures that had already failed them: about a quarter of them invested in e-mail filters or security awareness training, 20% in antivirus tools, and 17% in firewalls. In contrast, 43% of the respondents did nothing to combat future attacks.

An earlier Barkly survey had revealed that 81% of IT pros believed a data backup mechanism could provide complete recovery from a ransomware attack. …

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