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Security teams know the key to catching and stopping attacks early is to understand how their adversaries think. But many are behind the curve, according to a survey (conducted by CyberRisk Alliance and sponsored by PlexTrac) among 315 security influencers and decision makers in the U.S. and Canada.

When it comes to stopping ransomware attacks in particular: More than half (57%) believe it’s important for their organization to understand adversarial behavior in defending against ransomware or advanced attacks. However: Only 46% have conducted some type of adversarial attack simulation/emulation exercise, and Only 30% say they are adept at understanding adversarial behavior.

This report covers the survey results and offers guidance, specifically — how often security teams should perform red-, blue- and purple-team exercises and what such exercises should entail.