Last week, business continuity vendor Datto Inc. published research on the state of ransomware in the SMB channel. Spoiler alert: Some of the numbers are ugly.
Here’s a look at a few of those disturbing statistics, as well as some more encouraging ones that point the way to critical strategies for ridding the world of the ransomware plague.
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Datto’s figures, which it collected from over 1,700 MSPs around the world with over 100,000 SMB customers, show just how pervasive ransomware has become. Based on their input, 5 percent of SMBs globally fell victim to a ransomware attack in the 12 months between Q2 of 2016 and Q2 of 2017, the time frame covered by the study.
Moreover, 86 percent of surveyed MSPs have had one of their clients attacked recently, 21 percent had six or more clients attacked in the first half of this year, and 26 percent have at least one client who was attacked multiple times in the same day.
“It’s a full-blown epidemic,” says Rob Rae, Norwalk, Conn.-based Datto’s vice president of business development.
Those grim numbers contain cause for a little optimism too, though, he adds: similar figures in Datto’s 2016 survey were even worse. Rae credits end user education efforts by vendors and MSPs for that improvement.
“There’s still a ton of work to do, but the awareness within the actual end user community is up,” he says.
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