target audience: TECH SUPPLIER  Publication date: Jun 2023 - Document type: IDC Survey - Doc  Document number: # US50776022

Ransomware by OS: Looking at Attacks on Windows Versus MacOS Populations

By:  Frank Dickson Loading


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This IDC Survey looks at ransomware attacks from an OS-centric perspective. This document was based on survey data from IDC's Future Enterprise Resiliency and Spending Survey, August 2022; n = 829. IDC looked at the results in three groups:

  • Windows only = Sample in this grouping had affected systems that had a version of Microsoft Windows.
  • MacOS =Sample in this grouping had affected systems that included MacOS, but no Microsoft Windows based system.
  • Multiplatform comprised the remainder of systems.

Data presented addressed topics such as:

  • Requirement made by the board of directors for a presentation on ransomware by the CISO/CIO
  • Source of initial compromise
  • Ransom amounts
  • Data exfiltration
  • Decryption success rates
  • Business disruption
  • Stress testing cyber-response procedures and reviewing security and data protection/recovery practices requirements as a response to ransomware attacks

Study demographics can be found in the Appendix.


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