Sophos Survey Reveals Retail Organizations’ Struggle to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

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  1. Only 26% of retail organizations were able to disrupt a ransomware attack before their data was encrypted, marking a three-year low for the sector.
  2. For retail organizations that paid the ransom, their average recovery costs were four times higher than those that used backups to recover their data ($3,000,000 versus $750,000).
  3. The report recommends best practices for defending against ransomware, including strengthening defensive shields, implementing Zero Trust Network Access, utilizing adaptive technologies, and employing 24/7 threat detection and response services.

According to a recent survey conducted by cybersecurity firm Sophos, retail organizations are experiencing significant challenges in preventing ransomware attacks. The survey of 900 IT decision-makers in retail sector revealed that 58% of retail organizations were hit by ransomware in the past year, and 42% were attacked twice.

The survey also found that 86% of retail organizations said that ransomware is a significant concern for their industry, and 68% believe that they are more likely to be targeted by ransomware than other sectors.

Sophos’ research indicated that 44% of retail organizations were unable to identify how the attackers gained access, while 11% traced the attack to a remote desktop protocol compromise. Moreover, 21% of respondents reported that too many alerts and false positives made it difficult to spot the real threats.

Krispian Lawrence, retail sector director at Sophos, commented, “The retail sector is a prime target for cybercriminals, especially those deploying ransomware. From the back office to the customer data center, everything is a potential target and the impact of a ransomware attack can be devastating. Attackers are smart and retail security teams need to be smarter.”

The survey emphasized the importance of implementing strong cybersecurity measures to protect retail organizations from ransomware attacks. Lawrence advised retail organizations to invest in solutions that encompass sophisticated technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to keep up with the ever-evolving threat landscape.

As ransomware continues to be a top concern for retail organizations, it is vital for the industry to stay ahead of cyber threats and prioritize cybersecurity to protect sensitive data and maintain customer trust.

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