The SMBRS involved a blind survey of 1,200 small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in U.S. and Canada. The survey was conducted independently by Momentive, a leading market insights company and maker of SurveyMonkey. 


Purpose of the survey was to ask SMB respondents a short list of questions to identify susceptibility and resiliency to a ransomware attack. Ransomware is an existential threat to SMBs and increasingly SMBs in U.S. and Canada are falling victim.  

Primarily, attackers either exploit vulnerabilities on Internet-facing IT assets or use phishing emails to break into SMBs networks and install ransomware and encrypt files and systems so they are inaccessible or inoperable, until a ransom is paid.