MIMECAST REPORT: 78% OF ORGANISATIONS IN THE UAE WERE INFECTED WITH RANSOMWARE IN 2020
Security Advisor Middle East|April 2021
ANNUAL “THE STATE OF EMAIL SECURITY” REPORT ALSO FINDS 86% SUFFERED DISRUPTION OR FINANCIAL LOSS.

Mimecast Limited , a leading email security and cyber resilience company, has announced the publication of its “The State of Email Security” report. The report shows enterprises faced unprecedented cybersecurity risk in 2020 from increasing attack volume, the pandemic-driven digital transformation of work, and generally deficient cyber preparedness and training. The fifth annual “The State of Email Security,” report is based on a global survey of 1,225 information technology and cybersecurity leaders, and supported by Mimecast’s Threat Center data, which screens more than one billion emails per day.

Ransomware Looms Large

A full 86% of respondents indicated their companies had experienced a business disruption, financial loss, or another setback in 2020 due to a lack of cyber preparedness. Respondents identified ransomware as the chief culprit behind these disruptions. Other insights include:

• 78% in the UAE indicated they had been impacted by ransomware in 2020, a massive increase from 66% of companies reporting such disruption in last year’s “The State of Email Security” report.

• Companies impacted by ransomware lost an average of six working days to system downtime, with 29% of the companies in the UAE saying downtime lasted one week or more.

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