More than 68% of government organizations around the world have reported experiencing at least one cyberattack during the past year and 54% are expecting attacks to occur within the next 12 months, reports Government Technology. While the government sector has been experiencing lower cyberattack and ransomware attack prevalence, compared with the education, telecommunications and technology, finance, manufacturing, retail, and healthcare industries, more have been paying demanded ransoms, according to a CyberEdge report. Moreover, a Veeam survey revealed that 52% of public-sector organizations have experienced ransomware-related outages during the last 12 months. Both studies should prompt government organizations to bolster their cybersecurity defenses and strengthen incident response, said Minnesota Chief Information Security Officer Rohit Tandon. "While we all might be experiencing the attack — or many might be... it’s about how we respond to that. An organization with a mature cyber program can quickly respond and contain the attack to minimize loss of data or maintain visibility of critical technology services," Tandon said.