Survey: 3 common ransomware infection vectors

The plurality of corporate IT and security professionals — 42 percent — ranked ransomware as a moderate cyberthreat, according to a Crowd Research Partners report.

For the report, the market research firm surveyed 516 corporate IT and security professionals about their attitudes toward recent ransomware trends. Thirty-eight percent of respondents cited ransomware as an "extreme threat." The remaining respondents identified ransomware as a "small threat' or "no threat at all."

Here's how corporate IT and security professionals whose organizations had been hit with ransomware responded when asked how the infection had entered their organizations.

1. Opening malicious email attachments: 73 percent

2. Responding to phishing emails: 54 percent

3. Visiting compromised websites: 28 percent

Click here to view the full report.

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