33% of ransomware victims agree to pay cybercriminals: 5 things to know

Three in five organizations believe they will more likely than not face a successful cyberattack in the next year, according to a CyberEdge Group report.

For the report, titled the Cyberthreat Defense Report, CyberEdge Group surveyed 1,100 IT security professionals from 15 countries across 19 industries.

Here are 5 things to know.

1. In 2016, 76 percent of organizations were impacted by a successful cyberattack, compared to 70 percent of organizations in 2015.

2. For ransomware in particular, 61 percent of organizations reported they were compromised by a ransomware attack in 2016.

3. Of those affected by a ransomware attack, 33 percent paid ransom and were able to recover their data.

4. The majority (54 percent) of those affected by a ransomware attack refused to pay the ransom, but still successfully recovered their data.

5. However, 13 percent of those affected by a ransomware attack refused to pay, and lost their data in the process.

Click here to view the full report.

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