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4/25/2019
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55% of SMBs Would Pay Up Post-Ransomware Attack

The number gets even higher among larger SMBs.

Security experts typically advise against paying for stolen data after ransomware attacks, but 55% of executives at small to midsize businesses say they would do exactly that.

The number jumps to 74% among larger SMBs with 150 to 250 employees, as stated in the AppRiver Cyberthreat Index for Business Survey. Nearly 40% went so far as to say they "definitely" would pay the ransom, at almost any price, to prevent leakage or loss of data.

Some respondents said the opposite. Forty-five percent of SMB leaders polled said they would not give in to attackers regardless of the ransom. Some SMBs in the legal services and nonprofit sector seem willing to pay ransom in exchange for stolen data, with 67% and 60%, respectively, saying they wouldn't work with cybercriminals regardless of the ransom amount or data value.

Separate research shows attackers are getting greedier with ransom demands: The average ransom amount paid by victims in cases handled by Coverware jumped 89%, from $6,733 in the fourth quarter of 2018 to $12,762 in the first quarter of 2019. Still, companies willing to pay generally get their data back: In 96% of cases, paying victims received a decryption key.

Security pros advise businesses to implement stronger data protection practices, update their systems, conduct regular backups, and educate their users on ransomware tactics instead of putting funds aside to prepare for a ransomware attack.

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4/25/2019 | 3:36:26 PM
Unbelieveable
Proof positive that small business IT lacks the brains to come up with a good disaster recovery plan.  What if a server itself crashes --- then all data is "encrypted" really good on a dead drive or system.  So WHO would you pay to restore that?  I saved a museum I supported by HAVING a good plan and using it so that within 3 hours 98% of everything was back.  I mean - COME ON, GET WITH THE PROGRAM.   There is way too much of this and everytime a ransomware story comes up---- PAY and that solves the issue  Incredible.  
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4/26/2019 | 9:26:56 AM
Re: Unbelieveable
Agree. It's amazing how much headache you can forgo if you have a DR plan. It still amazes me that this solution has been evident for so long and still many are resistant to implement. It has more than just security benefits but data preservation benefits as you have pointed out. 

But I guess companies are still waiting to be burnt by the stove unfortunately.
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4/26/2019 | 9:52:54 AM
Re: Unbelieveable
About 18 years ago on a lovely September morning, my data center crashed 103 floors along with the building and I was lucky to get down from the 101st floor. South tower.  So I am big into disaster recovery.
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4/28/2019 | 4:14:32 PM
Re: Unbelieveable
t's amazing how much headache you can forgo if you have a DR plan. Sometime a DR plan may not save us. You should be able to get data back, historical data may be encrypted too.
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4/28/2019 | 4:16:44 PM
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But I guess companies are still waiting to be burnt by the stove unfortunately. This makes sense. I think it identifies the major problem we face. No action unless got hit.
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4/28/2019 | 4:10:24 PM
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Proof positive that small business IT lacks the brains to come up with a good disaster recovery plan. This makes very good sense. If they do not have a backup to go then they loose data and that is a bigger problem.
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4/28/2019 | 4:12:47 PM
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I saved a museum I supported by HAVING a good plan and using it so that within 3 hours 98% of everything was back. That is good. Everybody needs a backup plant that goes against a ransomware attack. They should be able to go back as much past as needed.
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4/28/2019 | 4:08:43 PM
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Security experts typically advise against paying for stolen data after ransomware attacks, but 55% of executives at small to midsize businesses say they would do exactly that. That may be because they do not have an alternative?
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