A recent report reveals a concerning trend in the cybersecurity landscape: organizations are experiencing repeated ransomware infections, with a significant percentage facing multiple attacks within a short span. The study, conducted by the anti-ransomware platform Halcyon, highlights the pervasive nature of ransomware and its evolving tactics, emphasizing the critical need for robust cybersecurity measures. 

Repeated Ransomware Infections 

The report’s findings are alarming: 

  • 18% of organizations have suffered a ransomware infection 10 or more times in a 24-month period. 
  • An additional 18% were infected five to nine times
  • 30% experienced between two to four infections

These statistics underscore the persistent threat ransomware poses and the need for continuous vigilance and improved defenses. 

Data Exfiltration: The Hidden Threat 

One of the most concerning revelations is the prevalence of data exfiltration during ransomware attacks. Nearly every major ransomware attack today involves the theft of sensitive data: 

  • 60% of respondents reported that sensitive or regulated data was exfiltrated from their organization. 
  • 55% reported receiving an additional ransom demand to protect the exfiltrated data. 

The implications of data exfiltration are severe, as attackers can leverage stolen data for further extortion, selling it on the dark web, or using it for other malicious activities. 

Regulatory and Legal Risks 

The loss of sensitive data not only disrupts operations but also puts organizations at risk of regulatory actions and lawsuits: 

  • 58% of victims reported that the loss of sensitive data exposed their organizations to additional regulatory scrutiny and potential legal action. 

Jon Miller, CEO and co-founder of Halcyon, emphasizes the gravity of the situation: “The C-suite and Board of Directors need to recognize that most of these attacks today are basically data exfiltration attacks with some ransomware sprinkled in. Once the data is exfiltrated, the damage is done. Even if an organization pays the ransom, the criminals still have that data, putting victim organizations and their leadership at heightened risk of lawsuits and regulatory actions.” 

Overconfidence in Security Measures 

The study also reveals a troubling disconnect between perceived and actual resilience against ransomware and data extortion attacks: 

  • 88% of respondents expressed confidence in their organizations’ ability to disrupt an attack before a ransomware payload is delivered. 
  • 85% believed they could quickly resume regular operations following a successful attack. 

However, the reality paints a different picture: 

  • 36% of organizations were infected five times or more over the two-year period. 
  • 62% of those hit by ransomware experienced major disruptions in operations, with 38% reporting disruptions lasting from at least two months to more than six months. 

These findings indicate that many organizations are overly confident in their defenses and recovery capabilities, despite evidence to the contrary. 


The Halcyon report highlights the evolving nature of ransomware attacks and the critical need for organizations to reassess their cybersecurity strategies. The high frequency of repeated infections and the significant impact of data exfiltration underscore the necessity for robust, adaptive security measures and comprehensive incident response plans. 

Organizations must not only invest in advanced security technologies but also foster a culture of cybersecurity awareness and resilience. By addressing these challenges head-on, businesses can better protect themselves against the relentless threat of ransomware and safeguard their sensitive data from malicious actors.