In a recent survey conducted by PC Matic, participants were asked to self-identify their computer skills. Below is a break down of the participants:
PC Experts Aren’t Aware of #1 Cyber Threat
Out of the 19% of self-identified PC experts, 15% of them reported not being aware of what ransomware is. Could it be possible to be a computer expert but not be aware of the primary cyber security threat that is facing our world?
Ransomware has taken our world by storm in 2016. Last year alone, cyber criminals obtained a reported $1 billion dollars in ransom payments. Ransomware attacks also increased 167% in 2016. Yet experts are still unaware of this threat? Are they living under rocks?
Ransomware is consistently in the news. Whether it is attacks on major hospitals or educational institutions, they cyber threat highly publicized. You don’t need to do extensive searches to learn about this threat, it’s honestly everywhere from The Nightly News to primetime television shows.
The question now is, what needs to be done to increase ransomware awareness? We encourage you to comment below with suggestions. I would also challenge you to reach out to someone you consider a computer expert — family member, friend, co-worker etc., and ask them if they are aware of what ransomware is. You may find yourself surprised!