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1 in 4 organisations face ransomware attack in India in 2021

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New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) At least one in four (26 per cent) of organisations in India experienced a ransomware attack in the last year, higher than the global figure of 21 per cent, says a new report.

According to a new research from Thales, out of these, 30 per cent of the Indian organisations have experienced significant impact on operations.

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“As the pandemic continues to affect both our business and personal lives, expectations of a ‘return’ to pre-pandemic conditions are limited. Whilst organisations in India and around the world have continued to face challenges in securing their data, our findings indicate that urgent action is needed by businesses to develop more robust cybersecurity strategies,” Ashish Saraf, VP and Country Director – India, Thales, said in a statement.

“With 26 per cent of the organisations surveyed from India having experienced ransomware attacks, it is vital that businesses deploy a robust security strategy based on discovery, protection and control,” Saraf added.

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First seen in the late 1980’s, with the PC Cyborg Virus, the frequency and impact of ransomware attacks has now accelerated due to the rise of cryptocurrency as the preferred ransomware payment method.

In fact, the 2022 Thales Data Threat Report, conducted by 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, including more than 2,700 IT decision-makers worldwide, found a fifth (22 per cent) of organisations have admitted that they have paid or would pay a ransom for their data.

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Despite this, 41 per cent of respondents globally and 55 per cent in India said they had no plans to change security spending, even with greater ransomware impacts.

Additionally, less than half of respondents (47 per cent) in India have implemented a formal ransomware plan, which is close to the global figure of 48 per cent.

–IANS

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