82% of UK businesses paid ransomware demands in 2021

Proofpoint, Inc., a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, has released its eighth annual ‘State of the Phish’ report, which provides an in-depth look at user phishing awareness, vulnerability, and resilience.

The report – which examines responses from 600 information and IT security professionals and 3,500 workers in the US, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, and the UK – shows that attackers were more active in 2021 than 2020.

Findings reveal that UK businesses were most likely to pay ransom hackers: of the more than three-quarters (78%) of UK businesses who were hit with ransomware in 2021, 82% opted to pay the ransom, the highest number of any region surveyed (and 41% higher than the global average).

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