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Datto report details spike in ransomware attacks

Ransomware attacks against business computer networks are on the rise, and much of the existing software to prevent these attacks are inefficient, according to the third annual Global State of the Channel Ransomware Report published by Norwalk-headquartered Datto.

Datto cybercrime ransomwareMore than 55 percent of the 2,400 managed service providers (MSPs) polled by Datto for its report stated their clients experienced ransomware attacks in the first six months of 2018, with 35 percent of clients being attacked multiple times in a single day. Preventive measures were not always effective: 85 percent of MSPs said ransomware victims had antivirus software installed, while 65 percent had email/spam filters installed and 29 percent had pop-up blockers.

However, 90 percent of MSPs polled by Datto said their fully recovered from a ransomware attack within 24 hours.

“It’s time to think differently–businesses large and small, should plan for a ransomware attack. That way they are equipped to respond when it happens,” said Ryan Weeks, chief information security officer at Datto. “There are immediate steps that companies can and shoud take to increase IT resilience and prevent against future attacks. Integral to those steps include end-user training, endpoint protection, and an intelligent backup.”

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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