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Forrester has published a new report which highlights research into when and why organizations pay ransoms following ransomware attacks. The report, ‘Forrester's Guide To Paying Ransomware’ says that while conventional wisdom is that organizations should never pay ransoms, it can in fact ‘be a valid recovery option based on business need and circumstances’.

According to the report, ransomware attacks are up 500 percent year-on-year and organizations have been forced to pay ransoms as attackers have become more sophisticated and have targeted backups. Paying ransoms should be explored in parallel with other recovery efforts to ensure that the best decision is made for the organization.

The report aims to help security pros understand the process of responding to a ransomware incident and deciding if paying a ransom is the best business decision.

More details about the report.

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