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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Your clients aren’t the only ones adopting cloud computing. Hackers are embracing it too. According to Datto, in fact, 26 percent of MSPs saw ransomware infect a software-as-a-service application during the one-year survey period.
You can probably guess which applications were targeted most frequently too—the ones with the biggest piles of data. Among MSPs whose clients struck by SaaS ransomware in the previous year, 76 percent say the infection impacted Dropbox, while 32 percent and 21 percent say the same of Microsoft Office 365 and Google G Suite, respectively.
“Having the cloud does not eliminate the need for data protection,” Rae observes.
Nor are smartphones and tablets safe. Though just four percent of MSPs in Datto’s research reported a mobile ransomware attack, that’s up from three percent the year before.
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Sadly, but not surprisingly, ransomware has victimized lots of SMBs in the past year, according to a new study from Datto. The same research points to some encouraging trends, however.
The security vendor foresees less ransomware, more business email compromise scams, and a dangerous increase in attacks on industrial infrastructure control systems.
At the company’s latest online partner event, CEO Tim Weller (pictured) discussed hiring hundreds of product and partner-facing employees next year, raising cloud-related investments 40%, and keeping a watchful but wary eye on the security market.
Exhibits in the conference’s sprawling expo hall, including this IoT-enabled bus, provided concrete examples of the pre-packaged and outsourced offerings resellers can get from SYNNEX these days along with plain old hardware and software.
Auvik, Breach Secure Now!, Continuum, and Intermedia all made news at the just-concluded partner conference, much of it involving integrations with Datto solutions.