80% of CISOs Would Consider Paying the Ransom if Attacked

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

Chief information security officers (CISOs) across a variety of industries, including healthcare, cited ransomware as their current top concern, according to research conducted by CISOs Connect, Aimpoint Group, and W2 Research.

Despite the FBI’s guidance against paying ransoms, the report found that 80 percent of surveyed CISOs would consider paying the ransom if attacked. The healthcare, financial services, and retail industries were more reluctant to consider paying the ransom, likely due to the potential for regulatory backlash.

“Paying is obviously controversial, as it isn’t even a guaranteed short-term solution, and in the longer term it rewards threat actors while...

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