Ransomware has been on the rise for quite some time, targeting businesses and organizations that rely on network data in order to function. But according to a report by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), ransomware popularity is finally beginning to decline, due in large part to active defense strategies.
Cyber attacks in general are still on the rise, with 50% of surveyed cyber security experts reporting that they have seen an increase in attacks. Phishing and malware have remained the most popular form of cyber attack.
Nevertheless, ransomware is down 17% from last year. Cyber security professionals said that the decrease in ransomware is likely the result of an increase in cyber security efforts.
After big ransomware attacks last year such as WannaCry and NotPetya, more companies started putting ransomware strategies in place. Over 80% of enterprises now have a ransomware defense plans in place.
Despite the decrease in ransomware, organizations should remain on high alert for cyber attacks. It is always important to keep your company protected, especially when 80% of surveyed organizations reported that they will likely experience a cyber attack this year.
Story via Health Data Management