ESET, a leading proactive threat detection company, gathered information from executives, technicians and managers from more than 2,500 companies from 15 countries in Latin America, with which they created the ESET security report 2018; a report with a summary of the state of security for companies in the region.
One of the most striking data of the report is that 25% of the SMEs that participated in the study said they did not have an antivirus solution. On the other hand, 53% of SMEs said that ransomware, together with malware and vulnerabilities, are the most important security problems.
In the case of ransomware, concerns increased by 10% compared to 2016 and 15% claimed to be the victim of this threat in 2017. An important fact, however, is that, despite being one of the biggest concerns, the implementation of protection solutions for mail servers when the main propagation vector is via mail.
The study also reveals that the use of backup solutions was also reduced compared to 2016 and 74% of those who make backup do not classify their information. "Taking into account that one of the most important ways to handle ransomware families encrypts the files, it is essential to have a good backup solution and to classify the information properly, otherwise the damage can be critical," said Camilo Gutierrez, head of the ESET Latin America research laboratory.