In a year in which ransomware attacks seem to get worse by the day, companies have made surprising progress defending themselves against attacks.

But the attention paid to the malware by journalists, cybersecurity vendors and increasingly, government agencies, has pushed companies to improve their preparedness to defend themselves against ransomware gangs, according to a report this week by security solutions vendor Cymulate.

That preparedness has led to a reduction in the damage done by some of these attacks and in the amount of downtime they cause, giving organizations some hope at a time when they feel vulnerable and under assault, Cymulate officials said.

Read more in this article for eSecurity Planet.