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Public sector organizations least likely to engage with ransomware actors

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Public sector organizations are the least likely of any to engage with ransomware (opens in new tab) actors after an attack, according to a new report from Veritas Technologies.

Almost nine in ten (86 percent) public sector organizations refused to pay the ransom after being hit by an attack, compared to 43 percent of private sector companies.

Veritas suggests this resilience is directly linked to the simplicity of the public sector’s cloud infrastructure. In the public sector, organizations use 6.43 cloud services on average, while the global average sits at almost double this amount: 11.73. At the same time, just five percent of public sector firms use more than 20 cloud services, compared to the global average of 16 percent.

“Despite the pressure it has come under, it’s clear that the public sector is leading the way in terms of ransomware resilience (opens in new tab),” commented Andy Warren, UK&I Director - Public Sector at Veritas Technologies.

“Being able to restore data quickly and effectively is a key part of this. This is proven by the fact that the public sector is the most likely to recover over 90 percent of its data after a successful ransomware attack. This is compared to 69 percent of organizations across all sectors who were able to do so.”

The public sector hasn't rested on its laurels during the pandemic, either, with IT defence spend maintained throughout 2020. Public sector organizations were the most likely to have increased their IT security budgets, Veritas claims, with almost three-quarters (73 percent) recording a rise. The average across all industries was just 46 percent.

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

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.