The latest research in the field of ransomware has revealed that almost 64 percent of all working adults have no idea of what a ransomware is and how you should tackle one in the case of an emergency. This has raised concerns over the understanding of the general public regarding the issue of the viral malware. Ransomware is everywhere, and all organizations are under threat from it.
So, based on the chances of attack, it is only pertinent for working employees to be educated about the threat and how to improve their internet mannerisms to avoid it at all costs.
The results were released by Wombat Security, a division of Proofpoint, as part of their recent User Risk Report. The report is found to have surveyed over 6,000 working adults from France, Italy, Germany, the UK, Australia, and the U.S. The reason behind the study is to understand how end-user actions can affect data and system security.
The report was based on a list of questions that would test respondents on their understanding and knowledge of major cybersecurity fundamentals including ransomware, phishing, Wi-Fi security, social media use, and password management.
The report gave disappointing results as it found out that only 67 percent knew something about phishing, 36 percent knew about ransomware, and only 68 percent understood what malware was. When it came to the password usage of different workers, only 33 percent of the respondents said that they used a password manager, while 21 percent said that they had the same passwords for all accounts, which made remembering it easier.
These results from the research show a disappointing trend towards awareness in cyber security practices. Respondents, who hailed from a working background, had no idea of the risks entailed in cybersecurity hacks and what they should do to safeguard their interests.