According to a new report by security ratings provider BitSight, the top six industries attacked by ransomware are education, government, healthcare, finance, retail and energy (utilities). The cybersecurity firm analyzed over 20,000 companies in the mentioned sectors.
The most attacked industry is education where 13 percent of the organizations were attacked following by government agencies with 6 percent and healthcare with 3.5 percent. The financial sector was the lowest risk one with only 1.5 percent of the firms affected by ransomware attacks.
“Ransomware is a legitimate threat, with estimates from the U.S. Justice Department showing that over 4,000 of these attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of 2016,” Stephen Boyer co-founder and CTO of BitSight said in a press release. “While several ransomware attacks on healthcare companies have made headlines this year, the issue is more widespread.”
The report says ransomware attacks have excessively increased, it doubled or tripled in some cases. The reason for the rise is that an immense number of the software is available for cybercriminals, including the Nymaim Trojan and Locky.
From July 2015 to July 2016, the average security rating of the education industry fell by about 15 percent. The report also mentioned that the