2016 Ransomware Response Study What is Your Organization Prepared to Do When the Extortionists Come Calling?

Ransomware has exploded to become the highest-profile cybercrime of 2016. Once aimed primarily at consumer PC users, ransomware now has become the bane of enterprises of all sizes and sectors. Criminals infect systems with polymorphous malware that either locks or encrypts critical data or devices until a ransom is paid.

The news has been filled with stories about small-town police stations being struck by ransomware, or of organizations such as Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, which opted to pay the ransom and regain access to its network. But how pervasive is ransomware? What industry sectors are most targeted, and how frequently are victims simply paying the ransom? More important: What are proactive organizations doing to protect themselves from being infected in the first place?

Take the 2016 Ransomware Response Study and help us determine:

  • Who is falling victim to ransomware, and how?
  • What are enterprises doing to protect themselves from ransomware - and where are the gaping holes in their defenses?
  • Once infected, how do they respond?

The 2016 Ransomware Response Study will provide the most comprehensive view yet into how organizations are striking back against ransomware - and where they need to improve to prepare for the next-generation exploits.

  1. Earlier this year, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center made news for paying $17,000 to end a ransomware attack. Do you agree or disagree with the hospital's decision?
  2. In light of recent high-profile attacks, how do you assess your organization's level of awareness to the ransomware threat?
  3. Has your organization in the past year fallen victim to ransomware (systems locked or data encrypted)?
  4. If you answered yes to the previous question, how did your organization respond to the successful ransomware attack(s)? (select all that apply)
  5. What consequences has your organization felt as a result of ransomware infections? (select all that apply)
  6. What do you believe to be your organization's biggest vulnerability to ransomware attacks?
  7. How has the pace of ransomware attacks changed over the past year?
  8. How frequently do you believe attackers attempt to strike your organization with ransomware?
  9. How is ransomware typically delivered to your organization? (select all that apply)
  10. In the past 12 months, have you briefed your board on the operational risk ransomware presents to your enterprise?

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