Canada: many firms have had to pay ransom to malicious hackers, but there are solutions

The La Presse newspaper reports the conclusions of a study conducted in Canada and three other countries: 44 of 125 surveyed Canadian businesses had been victimised by some form of online extortion over the twelve preceding months.

According to the study, 75% of Canadian businesses which were victimised by ransomware had to pay between $1,000 and $50,000 to malicious hackers. Nearly 10% among these experienced untimely disruption to operations before resolving their problem!

Raising the awareness of your employees is an effective way to avoid paying ransom

Increasing the awareness of your staff to online danger effectively diminishes the risk of being extorted ransom. Though some technologies may help (antivirus, antimalware, antispam, etc.), malicious hackers often find the means to bypass such solutions. Therefore, your employees must all be vigilant and abide by good security practices communicated by your enterprise.

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