ProSight Ransomware Preparedness ReportRansomware attacks such as headliners WannaCry and NotPetya are increasing in sophistication and frequency, and their effects can be devastating for a business. 90% of ransomware infections come from innocent-seeming emails with malicious links or attachments, and many are so-called "zero-day" attacks that may escape detection by traditional signature-based antivirus (AV) tools. While user education and frontline detection are critical to defend against ransomware, best practices dictate that you assume some attacks will succeed and that you put in place a strong backup solution that allows you to recover quickly with minimal damage.

Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report is an ultra-affordable service centered around an interview with a Progent security/disaster recovery expert to determine your company's readiness to block or recover from a ransomware attack. During this interview Progent will work directly with you to gather pertinent information about your security and backup environment. Progent will use this information to produce a written Basic Security and Best Practices Report detailing how to apply best practices for configuring and managing your security and backup systems.

Progentís Basic Security and Best Practices Report focuses on key issues associated with prevention (Security) and recovery (Backups). The review addresses:

Security

  • Correct use of administration accounts
  • Correct NTFS and SMB permissions
  • Optimal firewall settings
  • AntiVirus and configuration
Backups
  • Split permission model for backup protection
  • Backing up required servers (AD)
  • Offsite backups including cloud backup to Azure
The interview process included with the ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report service takes about one hour for a typical small business network and longer for larger or more complex environments. The written report includes recommendations for improving your ability to ward off or recover from a ransomware attack, and Progent can provide as-needed expertise to help you and your IT staff create a cost-effective security/backup solution tailored to your business needs.

About Ransomware
Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts files so they are unreadable, and often locks the victim's computer so it is unusable. To reverse the damage, the victim is required to pay a specified amount of money (the ransom), typically via a crypto currency like Bitcoin, within a short time window. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will result in a recovery. Compromised files can extend throughout a network depending on the victim's write permissions, and the military-grade encryption algorithm used on the hostage files cannot be broken. The most common ransomware attack vector is spoofed email, which the user is lured into opening by a social engineering technique known as spear phishing. This makes the email look as though it came from a trusted sender.

CryptoLocker opened the modern era of ransomware in 2013, and the damage caused by ransomware variants is estimated at billions of dollars annually, more than doubling every two years. Notorious threats include WannaCry/WannaCrypt, Locky, Cerber, NotPetya and Spora. Because new variants of ransomware crop up daily, there is no guarantee that conventional signature-matching anit-virus tools will block the latest attack. If an attack does show up in an email, it is critical that your users have been educated to be wary of social engineering tricks. Your last line of defense is a solid scheme for scheduling and retaining offsite backups plus the deployment of reliable recovery tools.

ProSight Managed Services Offered by Progent
Progent's ProSight network management suite is a family of affordable, subscription-based service packages that allow small and mid-size businesses to outsource crucial IT management functions. ProSight services that can help defend against or recover from ransomware attacks include email filtering, next-generation AV based on behavior analysis, automatic isolation of infected computers and immediate inoculation of safe devices, plus cloud-based backup with both granular and whole-site recovery.

  • ProSight Active Security Monitoring: Endpoint Protection and Ransomware Defense
    Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring is an endpoint protection service that utilizes next generation behavior-based analysis technology to defend physical and virtual endpoints against modern malware assaults like ransomware and email phishing, which routinely escape traditional signature-based AV tools. ProSight Active Security Monitoring safeguards on-premises and cloud resources and provides a unified platform to automate the entire threat lifecycle including protection, identification, mitigation, remediation, and forensics. Top capabilities include one-click rollback with Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and real-time network-wide immunization against newly discovered threats. Read more about Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring (ASM) endpoint protection and ransomware defense.

  • ProSight Enhanced Security Protection: Physical and Virtual Endpoint Security and Exchange Email Filtering
    Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection managed services offer economical in-depth protection for physical servers and virtual machines, workstations, mobile devices, and Exchange Server. ProSight ESP uses contextual security and advanced machine learning for round-the-clock monitoring and responding to cyber assaults from all attack vectors. ProSight ESP provides two-way firewall protection, intrusion alarms, endpoint control, and web filtering via cutting-edge technologies packaged within a single agent managed from a unified control. Progent's security and virtualization experts can assist you to plan and implement a ProSight ESP deployment that meets your company's specific needs and that allows you demonstrate compliance with legal and industry data security regulations. Progent will assist you specify and configure security policies that ProSight ESP will enforce, and Progent will monitor your network and react to alarms that call for immediate action. Progent can also assist your company to install and test a backup and restore system like ProSight Data Protection Services so you can recover rapidly from a potentially disastrous cyber attack like ransomware. Read more about Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection unified endpoint security and Microsoft Exchange email filtering.

  • ProSight Data Protection Services: Managed Backup and Recovery
    ProSight Data Protection Services from Progent offer small and medium-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates your backup activities and enables rapid restoration of critical data, applications and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged due to hardware breakdowns, software glitches, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks like ransomware. ProSight DPS can help you back up, retrieve and restore files, folders, apps, system images, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can provide advanced expertise to configure ProSight DPS to to comply with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when needed, can assist you to restore your critical information. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup and Recovery.

  • ProSight Email Guard: Inbound and Outbound Spam Filtering and Data Leakage Protection
    ProSight Email Guard is Progent's spam and virus filtering and email encryption service that uses the technology of leading data security companies to deliver centralized control and comprehensive protection for all your inbound and outbound email. The hybrid structure of Progent's Email Guard managed service integrates a Cloud Protection Layer with a local security gateway device to provide complete protection against spam, viruses, Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks, DHAs, and other email-based malware. Email Guard's Cloud Protection Layer acts as a preliminary barricade and blocks the vast majority of unwanted email from reaching your security perimeter. This decreases your vulnerability to inbound threats and conserves network bandwidth and storage space. Email Guard's onsite security gateway device adds a further layer of inspection for incoming email. For outgoing email, the local security gateway provides anti-virus and anti-spam protection, policy-based Data Loss Prevention, and email encryption. The onsite security gateway can also help Microsoft Exchange Server to monitor and safeguard internal email that originates and ends within your corporate firewall. For more information, see Email Guard spam and content filtering.

  • ProSight WAN Watch: Infrastructure Management
    Progentís ProSight WAN Watch is an infrastructure monitoring and management service that makes it easy and affordable for smaller businesses to map, track, reconfigure and troubleshoot their connectivity appliances like routers, firewalls, and load balancers plus servers, endpoints and other networked devices. Incorporating cutting-edge RMM technology, ProSight WAN Watch makes sure that network diagrams are always current, copies and manages the configuration of virtually all devices connected to your network, tracks performance, and generates alerts when issues are detected. By automating complex network management processes, WAN Watch can knock hours off common chores like network mapping, expanding your network, locating appliances that require critical software patches, or isolating performance bottlenecks. Learn more about ProSight WAN Watch network infrastructure monitoring and management consulting.

  • ProSight LAN Watch: Server and Desktop Monitoring and Management
    ProSight LAN Watch is Progentís server and desktop remote monitoring service that uses advanced remote monitoring and management (RMM) techniques to keep your network running efficiently by checking the health of vital assets that drive your business network. When ProSight LAN Watch uncovers a problem, an alert is sent immediately to your designated IT management staff and your assigned Progent engineering consultant so any looming problems can be resolved before they have a chance to impact your network. Find out more details about ProSight LAN Watch server and desktop remote monitoring services.

  • ProSight Virtual Hosting: Hosted VMs at Progent's World-class Data Center
    With Progent's ProSight Virtual Hosting service, a small organization can have its key servers and applications hosted in a protected fault tolerant data center on a high-performance virtual machine host configured and maintained by Progent's network support professionals. Under the ProSight Virtual Hosting model, the client owns the data, the operating system platforms, and the apps. Since the environment is virtualized, it can be ported immediately to a different hardware environment without requiring a time-consuming and difficult reinstallation process. With ProSight Virtual Hosting, your business is not tied one hosting service. Find out more about ProSight Virtual Hosting services.

  • ProSight IT Asset Management: Network Documentation Management
    Progent's ProSight IT Asset Management service is a cloud-based IT documentation management service that makes it easy to create, update, retrieve and protect data related to your IT infrastructure, procedures, business apps, and services. You can quickly find passwords or serial numbers and be alerted about impending expirations of SSL certificates or domains. By cleaning up and managing your network documentation, you can eliminate up to 50% of time wasted trying to find critical information about your IT network. ProSight IT Asset Management features a centralized location for storing and sharing all documents related to managing your network infrastructure like standard operating procedures and self-service instructions. ProSight IT Asset Management also offers a high level of automation for gathering and associating IT information. Whether youíre making improvements, doing regular maintenance, or responding to an emergency, ProSight IT Asset Management gets you the information you need as soon as you need it. Read more about ProSight IT Asset Management service.
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ProSight Network Audits
Progent's ProSight Network Audits are a quick and low-cost alternative for small and mid-size organizations to get an unbiased evaluation of the health of their IT system. Based on a selection of the top remote monitoring and management platforms available, and overseen by Progent's world-class group of information technology professionals, ProSight Network Audits help you see how closely the deployment of your core network assets adhere to best practices. Both the Basic and Advanced options for ProSight Network Audit services are offered at a low, one-time cost and deliver instant benefits like a cleaner Active Directory environment. Both also include a year of state-of-the-art remote network monitoring and management (RMM). Advantages can include easier management, better compliance with information security requirements, higher utilization of network resources, faster problem resolution, more dependable backup and restore, and increased uptime. Read more information about Progent's ProSight Network Audits network infrastructure review.

Contact Progent to Find Out More about Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report Service
For pricing information and to learn more about how Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report can reduce your vulnerability to ransomware, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
















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