[HEADS UP] Ransomware Attacks Skyrocket During COVID-19



ransomware attacks covid-192020 has been no match for organizations worldwide, including the significant increase of ransomware attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic. As organizations continue to work in a remote workforce, cybercriminals have used this as a bigger target.

According to a recent article from TechRepublic, cyberattacks are only getting worse. This infographic from the 2020 Cyberthreat report details ransomware attack trends by continent:

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An astonishing 7 out of 10 companies have been impacted this year by a ransomware attack in North America alone. Additionally, there is another section in the report from Safety Detectives 2020 "Ransomware Facts, Trends & Statistics" report that gives a breakdown of North American industries that have been impacted:

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This multi-billion dollar attack has since skyrocketed from 2019 to 2020 with $8.5B increase in the global cost of ransomware attacks, and by 2021 every 11 seconds will result in an organization being hit with ransomware. 

With these type of calculated attacks having no end in sight, it's important for your users to learn how to spot the warning signs. New-school security awareness training can ensure your users are informed of the latest attacks and how you can stay safe. 


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Topics: Ransomware, COVID-19

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