Understanding the 2024 State of Ransomware and How to Protect Your Business

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U.S. ransomeware and cybersecurity.

As a premier managed IT services and cybersecurity provider, Parried remains at the forefront of defending businesses against evolving cyber threats. The recent “State of Ransomware 2024” report by Sophos, which surveyed 855 IT professionals across the United States, offers a detailed look into the changing landscape of ransomware attacks and their impact on mid-sized organizations. Our partnership with leading cybersecurity firms like Sophos ensures that we stay informed and prepared, enabling us to protect your business effectively.

Detailed Insights from the Sophos 2024 Ransomware Report

The Sophos report provides critical data that shapes our understanding of ransomware threats today. Notably, 58% of U.S. organizations experienced a ransomware attack last year. While this represents a stabilization in the attack rate, the financial and operational repercussions have become more severe. The average ransom demand in the U.S. was reported at approximately $5.2 million, with actual payments averaging around $4.3 million.

Interestingly, the report highlights a shift in how businesses recover from these incidents. For the first time, more U.S. organizations have regained access to encrypted data by paying ransoms (62%) than by restoring from backups (61%). This trend is concerning because it reflects the increasing capability of attackers to compromise backup systems—66% of such attempts were successful according to the report.

The Impact on Your Business

For any business, especially mid-sized ones, these statistics underscore a significant risk. The recovery costs from ransomware attacks, excluding the ransom payments, average $2.91 million, which includes downtime, lost opportunities, and other operational expenses. This does not account for the reputational damage and loss of trust that often follow a cybersecurity breach.

Parried’s Comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy

Understanding these risks, Parried offers a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity, influenced by industry-leading insights such as those from Sophos. Our strategy includes:


  1. Preventive Measures: We employ advanced threat intelligence and security protocols to prevent attackers from accessing your network.
  2. Robust Protection: Our cybersecurity framework strengthens defenses at vulnerable points, particularly endpoints that are frequent targets in ransomware attacks.
  3. Rapid Detection and Response: Solutions offering a security operations center (SOC) provides 24/7 monitoring to detect and neutralize threats promptly, minimizing potential damage.
  4. Incident Response Planning: We assist in developing and continuously updating your incident response plan, ensuring your team is prepared to act swiftly and effectively in case of an attack.

Why Partner with Parried?

The evolving nature of ransomware attacks requires more than just standard cybersecurity measures. It demands a partner who is not only equipped with the best tools and knowledge but is also deeply committed to your business’s security. Parried’s collaboration with global cybersecurity leaders like Sophos enriches our service offerings, ensuring you have access to the most effective and innovative defenses available.

Take Proactive Steps Today

Given the insights from the Sophos report and the increasing sophistication of cyber threats, it’s clear that waiting to act until after an attack occurs is too late. We encourage you to take proactive steps now to strengthen your defenses.


Parried is ready to help you understand your current security posture, identify potential vulnerabilities, and implement strategic improvements. By signing up for our free IT strategy session, you can start the journey toward comprehensive cybersecurity preparedness.  Secure your peace of mind with Parried, where we provide more than just solutions—we build resilient digital fortresses.