LONDON, May 10, 2018
Despite lessons learned from WannaCry, healthcare organisations particularly at risk
LONDON, May 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A year after the WannaCry ransomware attack impacted an estimated 200,000 victims and 200,000 computers, new research from Webroot, the Smarter Cybersecurity® company has revealed that organisations across the UK are still struggling to deal with ransomware.
Webroot surveyed over 400 IT decision makers at UK businesses and found that 45 per cent of those surveyed had suffered a ransomware attack, with nearly a quarter (23 per cent) actually paying the ransom. Despite this finding, 88 percent of organisations feel better equipped to deal with an attack following WannaCry, suggesting a sense of false confidence.
This sentiment is magnified in the healthcare industry, where organisations are more prone to attack than other industries surveyed. Over half of healthcare companies polled (52 per cent) suffered an attack. Despite this, 98 per cent of respondents in the healthcare sector feel better equipped to deal with a ransomware attack than a year ago.
While the WannaCry ransomware campaign may have had its chaotic focal point in May of 2017, Webroot data shows this strain of ransomware remains a serious threat today. In the past year, Webroot has detected more than 12,000 unique WannaCry executables, most only seen on one machine, pointing to polymorphic malware. Despite WannaCry being more than a year old, criminals are still exploiting it, with Webroot detecting over 500 new variants each month.
David Kennerley, Director of Threat Research, Webroot
"The WannaCry attack of 2017 made global headlines and severely impacted organisations everywhere – most notably the NHS in the UK. Across all sectors it's clear that awareness of ransomware as a threat has increased since the attack. However, organisations still aren't investing the necessary time and resources in risk mitigation and recovery processes, leaving them with limited options in case of a successful attack. The healthcare industry in particular needs to be very aware of the fact that it is a high profile target, with valuable data at stake, and take special care to ensure that defences are in place."
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This research was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Webroot. Respondents were 430 IT decision makers at UK-based businesses. The full report can be found here.
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