49% of cybersecurity professionals say WannaCry isn't unique, survey finds

Almost half (49 percent) of cybersecurity professionals said they have experienced and protected against security incidents similar to WannaCry, according to a Farsight Security report.

For the report, the San Mateo, Calif.-based cybersecurity company surveyed 360 information security professionals at the Infosecurity Europe 2017 conference in London earlier this month.

Of the 49 percent of respondents who identified as having experienced an attack like WannaCry in the past, 72 percent said they protected their network from at least three similar attacks last year. Twenty percent of the 49 percent also said up to six major security incidents took place in the last year.

"WannaCry made the headlines and got the general public listening, however, cybersecurity professionals actually work on incidents like this all throughout the year," said Paul Vixie, PhD, CEO and cofounder of Farsight Security.

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