New research by citrix suggests that 50% of large UK businesses have accumulated a stockpile of digital currency in case of a ransomware attack — and just 7% are only stockpiling Bitcoin — the vast majority, 93%, are spreading their risk by investing in other digital currencies as well.
The research — commissioned by Citrix and carried out by OnePoll — is based on interviews with 750 IT decision makers in companies with 250 or more employees across the UK, to uncover the extent to which large British businesses are accumulating stores of digital currencies, the impact of the fluctuating price of digital currencies, and how organizations plan to keep these investments secure.
The poll revealed that 9/10 (90%) of respondents that do keep a ready stockpile of digital currency stockpile Bitcoin. While Bitcoin has proven extremely popular, the vast majority of these companies have also invested in additional digital currencies. More than half (54%) have bought Litecoin, but a significant proportion of these organizations have also invested in Ethereum (43%), Ethereum Classic (33%), Ripple (33%), and Dash (29%). In fact, as noted above, just 7% of large UK businesses are choosing to accumulate Bitcoin only.
While more UK companies are building a ready stockpile of digital currency — rising from 42% in 2016 to 50% in 2017 — the number of Bitcoin kept on standby has remained largely consistent: Large UK businesses now stockpile an average of 24 Bitcoin — only one more than the 2016 average.
This consistency in terms of the amount of Bitcoin kept on standby may reflect many organizations’ decision to cash in on fluctuating prices to make a profit. The poll uncovered that more than half (57%) of those companies stockpiling Bitcoin have sold some of their supply to make a profit. An additional 2/5 (38%) of these businesses are currently considering making a sale — leaving just 5% choosing to keep all their Bitcoin.
Almost 2/3 (64%) of those companies keeping a ready supply of Bitcoin