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Organizations that have fallen victim to a ransomware attack once are likely to suffer multiple attacks, revealed a new survey.

The findings come from Druva’s Annual Ransomware Report, which polled over 830 IT professionals in various industries across the globe.

The majority of respondents (80 percent) said they have seen a rise in ransomware incidents, while half (50 percent) of victims reporting suffering multiple attacks.

Survey respondents said that 33 percent of ransomware attacks within their organizations involved corporate servers; 60 percent targeted endpoints, and the remaining 7 percent of attacks were against cloud apps.

“It’s no longer a question of if an organization will be the victim of a ransomware attack, but when. [The report] underscores the importance of planning. Simply put, protecting data protects your bottom line,” said Jaspreet Singh, CEO of Druva, in a press release.

“Simple preventative planning greatly mitigates what could otherwise be costly and destructive to data recovery, not to mention devastating to overall business viability,” said Singh.

According to those surveyed, 70 percent of the ransomware infections within their organizations spread to affect multiple devices.

Furthermore, respondents revealed that about 40 percent of the time, attacks took more than two hours to detect.

“The speed at which malware spreads combined with the critical time-sensitive need to respond makes it crucial that IT have automated mechanisms in place to detect and be notified of a threat within their network,” read the report.

Widespread ransomware attacks, including WannaCry and – more recently – Petya, have impacted countless organizations around the globe, disrupting operations and causing significant downtime.

To learn more about how to protect yourself from ransomware attacks, click here.