SonicWall survey confirms ransomware still biggest fear

SonicWall on Thursday released the findings of its 2023 SonicWall Threat Mindset Survey, which found that 55 per cent of its customers are more concerned about cyberattacks in 2023, with the main threats being focused on being digital attacks such as ransomware and spear phishing.

“The data helps keep our finger on the pulse of what truly matters to our valued customers,” said SonicWall president and CEO Bob VanKirk. “As organizations around the globe struggle with economic declines, and political strife, and digesting technological advances like AI and cloud – cybersecurity needs to remain at the centre of it all.”

Findings revealed there is growing concern regarding cyberattacks amongst 54 per cent of professionals surveyed. Ransomware heads the list, as 83 per cent of all customers cited it as their biggest concern. Phishing and spear-phishing (76 per cent), as well as encrypted malware (64 per cent), rounded out the top three concerns.

In addition, despite rising cyberattack worries, 78 per cent of organizations do not patch critical vulnerabilities within 24 hours of patch availability, while another 13 per cent only apply critical patches when time allows.

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