The business segment is becoming a more and more attractive target for cipher-malware developers. According to a Kaspersky-labreport based on Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) data, the number of attacks against the corporate sector 2015-2016, compared with 2014-2015 has grown six fold (from 27,000 to 158,000). Thus, ransomware tried to encrypt the data of every tenth B2B user.
Cyber-criminals using ransomware have begun to attack businesses more frequently, particularly small and medium-sized companies. This trend is confirmed by the IT Security Risks 2016 study from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, during which 42% of respondents from small and medium-sized businesses agreed that cryptomalware was one of the most serious threats they faced last year.
For small companies, any data unavailability – however brief – can lead to significant losses, or bring their entire operations to a halt. If a company has not been taking due measures to ensure the safety of its important information, purchasing the decryption key from cyber-criminals can be the only way to recover data. However, this does not guarantee complete data recovery. The best way to protect your company from malware is to prevent the attack in the first place.
“Crypto-malware is becoming more and more serious threat, not only an organization losses money for ransoms but business can be paralyzed during files recovery. There is wide attack vector including web, mail, software exploits, USB devices, and others. To avoid infection, your personnel should explain where attacks come from and that employees should not open email attachments, visit untrusted web resources or plug USB devices into unprotected computers. Anti-malware solution is an essential measure to avoid majority security incidents”, — noted Konstantin Voronkov, Head of Endpoint Product Management Kaspersky Lab.