Ransomware threats against local agencies show no signs of slowing down in 2022

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Written by the staff of StateScoop

A new study declares that the growing threat of ransomware attacks against state and local government agencies is a national emergency.

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The findings, based on an independent survey of 248 government IT officials around the world, provide insight into the state of ransomware for central and local government organizations. It provides IT managers with context on the impact of emerging cyber threats on these two government structures at different levels of risk.

For example, while incidents of ransomware attacks against central government organizations (40%) are higher than for local governments (34%), threat actors have been much more successful in encrypting government data. premises by 20 percentage points.

Additionally, as ransomware becomes more prevalent, 48% of local government respondents and 63% of central government respondents expect their organizations to be affected by ransomware in the future.

The survey findings take an in-depth look at several ways that ransomware attacks hit government entities, including:

  • The prevalence of ransomware in government
  • How often attackers succeed in encrypting government data
  • The total cost of recovery after a ransomware attack
  • Using Backups to Recover Encrypted Government Data

Read the report to learn more about the findings of “The State of Ransomware in Government 2021”.

This article was produced by StateScoop for and sponsored by Sophos.

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