Why Immutable Storage Should Be Part of Every Government Agency’s Recovery Strategy Whether you work in central or local government, you know ransomware is a clear and present danger as an IT pro. That’s likely because you or industry colleagues have directly experienced an attack. Just look at the numbers. Sophos’ The State of Ransomware in Government 2021 reports that ransomware hit 34 percent of local government organizations in 2020. That number rises to 40 percent for central governments and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs). Even worse, 69 percent of local government organizations hit by ransomware said the cybercriminals succeeded in encrypting their data. Sadly, 42 percent of those jurisdictions whose data was encrypted paid the ransom.