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Businesses love Office 365, but ransomware is holding them back

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Businesses in the EMEA region re increasingly using Microsoft’s Office 365 solutions, but they’re doing it with a dose of fear from cyber-attacks and similar malicious actions. This was concluded in the new Barracuda Networks report, entitled “Office 365 Adoption: Drivers, Risks and Opportunities”.

Based on a poll of more than 1,100 organisations in EMEA, the report says almost two thirds (62 per cent) are now using Office 365. This is a jump from last year’s 50 per cent. Of those that still don’t use the service, almost half (40 per cent) said they’re planning to do so in the future (49 per cent in the US).

However, ransomware is seen as a huge concern. More than 90 per cent of businesses fear this form of malware, with almost half (48 per cent) admitting to already being a victim. However, just 3 per cent actually paid ransom.

Commenting on the findings Chris Ross, Senior Sales VP, International, at Barracuda Networks said: “As year-on-year adoption of Office 365 continues to increase in EMEA it’s natural to assume that concerns over cyber threats will keep pace. What’s encouraging to see is that businesses are waking up to the importance of a layered approach, which suggests a better understanding of their liabilities when it comes to cloud adoption.”

Email is the biggest attack vector (70 per cent), the report stated, followed by web traffic (18 per cent) and network traffic (12 per cent).

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.