IT Managers of small to mid-sized companies tend to not prioritize cybersecurity. Saving costs and the underlying assumption that only big companies are targeted by this sort of attacks, help explain this position. In reality, small to medium businesses are being targeted more since they are less likely to be protected.
Ransomware distribution has seen an exponential growth during 2016. A study from IBM Security found that Ransomware was in almost 40 percent of spam messages in 2016. In total, there was an increase of 500% in malware spread. There are various methods used to distribute malware, but ransomware is mostly, distributed through email links and attachments.