Current State of Ransomware Awareness

In an interconnected digital age, ransomware poses significant threats. This study examines the preparedness of mid-large Swiss companies against ransomware, revealing gaps in awareness and suggesting improvement avenues.

Semih Eryilmaz, 2023

Bachelor Thesis, Mimecast
Betreuende Dozierende: Hermann Grieder
Keywords: Switzerland, Cybersecurity Awareness, middle and large sized companies, Survey
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In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, the proliferation of internet usage has heightened cyber risks. Ransomware, a malicious software demanding payment to unlock encrypted files, is a notable cyber menace. For Switzerland's medium and large companies, understanding ransomware awareness is pivotal. There's a pronounced need to discern their readiness against such threats, the efficiency of their defensive measures, and potential weak points.
In this research, a survey was used as the method to investigate ransomware preparedness among Swiss medium and large companies. Tailored questions assessed current cybersecurity measures and specific ransomware awareness. Despite a limited response rate, the survey yielded insightful data. Future endeavors might benefit from an expanded scope and deeper engagement with IT professionals to achieve more comprehensive insights into organizational cyber readiness.
In the ever-evolving digital landscape, Swiss businesses have shown commendable awareness and resilience against cyber threats, with a particular emphasis on ransomware. Compared to international norms and standards detailed in the Mimecast report, Swiss enterprises exhibit superior readiness. Still, there remain distinct areas for improvement. A few companies still rely on outdated systems, neglecting the significance of regular updates. Employee training, an often overlooked aspect, emerged as a crucial variable. Equipping the workforce with the right knowledge can drastically reduce the risk of breaches. Additionally, while firms are generally well-equipped to detect threats, an all-encompassing response strategy is sometimes lacking. This study acts as a beacon, indicating where businesses are thriving and where gaps lie. To sustain cybersecurity in Switzerland's robust economic landscape, companies must invest in ongoing education, advanced detection tools, and forward-thinking strategies. As cyber threats continue to morph, Swiss businesses must stay vigilant and proactive, always remaining a step ahead of potential vulnerabilities.
Studiengang: Business Information Technology (Bachelor)
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Vertraulichkeit: öffentlich
Art der Arbeit
Bachelor Thesis
Mimecast, München
Autorinnen und Autoren
Semih Eryilmaz
Betreuende Dozierende
Hermann Grieder
Sprache der Arbeit
Business Information Technology (Bachelor)
Standort Studiengang
Switzerland, Cybersecurity Awareness, middle and large sized companies, Survey