The Percentage of Organizations Globally Struck by Ransomware Hits an All-Time High

Ransomware Attacks TargetingCheck Point’s review of ransomware shows that the percent of organizations worldwide hit by this greatest of cyberthreats rose by a whopping 33% in 2023.

In 2022, 1 in 13 organizations globally had been the victim of a ransomware attack.  According to the latest Check Point Research, that ratio worsened to just 1 in 10 in 2023. That represents 60,000 attempted attacks per organization throughout the year.

The highest percentage of organizations that experienced ransomware was in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching 11%. But it’s organizations in the Americas region that jumped from 5% in 2022 to 9% in 2023 – an increase of 80% in just one year.

The top industries targeted were education/research (with 22% of organizations experiencing ransomware attacks), government/military (16%) and healthcare (12%).

Check Point recommends the following precautions:

  • Robust (and secure) backups
  • Up-to-date patching
  • Strong user authentication
  • Anti-ransomware protection
  • Threat prevention
  • And, my personal favorite, security awareness training

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