Ransomware is one of the most profitable forms of attack for cybercriminals. Yet, according to a recent survey, 37 percent of employees don't know what ransomware is.
In one report, 32 percent of those surveyed who have been the victim of ransomware still didn't know what ransomware is. Forty-five percent said they would not know what to do in response to a ransomware attack, and 40 percent of those who had been victims still didn't know what to do.
Thirty-five percent of respondents said they would not know what to do if their personal data was compromised and their employer would not pay the ransom. Around five percent said the employee should pay the ransom if their organization won't. Thirty percent of respondents thought their organization should use a ransomware decryption tool.
Fifteen percent of those who had never been victims thought an organization should never pay a ransom. Interestingly, that percentage increased to 21 percent among respondents who had been suffered from a ransomware attack. Sixty-seven percent said they would not pay any amount of money to recover their personal files, and 20 percent believe they wouldn't get their data back even if they paid.
Finally, 68 percent of respondents think that an organization's information technology team should be responsible for keeping employee data safe, while only five percent think employees themselves should be responsible for keeping their own data safe by checking email links and attachments.
The report is based on a survey of 2,007 employees in the U.S. and 1,011 employees in Canada conducted in November 2019. Lance Whitney "Survey: 37% of workers unaware of ransomware, putting businesses at risk" techrepublic.com (Apr. 2, 2020).