No. 1 cost of ransomware attack is downtime, survey finds

Security professionals share four main concerns about ransomware, according to an Imperva report.

Imperva surveyed 170 security professionals to gauge their attitudes and experiences surrounding ransomware. In total, 30 percent of the respondents' companies had been infected by ransomware.

Here are the top four concerns security professionals reported.

1. Cost of downtime, due to lack of access to systems: 59 percent

2. Bad publicity and reduced customer satisfaction: 14 percent

3. Lost sales: 12 percent

4. Paying the ransom: 11 percent

However, regardless of downtime concerns, 79 percent of respondents agreed the smartest move is to not pay the ransom.

Click here to view the full report.

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