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
    ProSight Active Security Monitoring (ASM) is an endpoint protection service that incorporates cutting edge behavior analysis technology to guard physical and virtual endpoints against new malware attacks like ransomware and email phishing, which easily evade legacy signature-matching anti-virus tools. ProSight Active Security Monitoring protects on-premises and cloud-based resources and provides a unified platform to manage the complete malware attack progression including blocking, infiltration detection, mitigation, cleanup, and post-attack forensics. Top capabilities include one-click rollback with Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service and automatic network-wide immunization against newly discovered threats. Find out more about Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring (ASM) next-generation endpoint protection and ransomware recovery.

  • ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP): Physical and Virtual Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Exchange Email Filtering
    Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP) managed services offer affordable multi-layer security for physical servers and virtual machines, workstations, smartphones, and Microsoft Exchange. ProSight ESP uses adaptive security and advanced machine learning for round-the-clock monitoring and reacting to cyber assaults from all vectors. ProSight ESP delivers two-way firewall protection, intrusion alerts, device management, and web filtering via leading-edge technologies packaged within a single agent managed from a single console. Progent's data protection and virtualization experts can help you to design and configure a ProSight ESP environment that meets your organization's specific requirements and that allows you demonstrate compliance with legal and industry data security regulations. Progent will assist you specify and implement policies that ProSight ESP will enforce, and Progent will monitor your IT environment and react to alarms that call for immediate attention. Progent's consultants can also assist you to set up and verify a backup and restore system such as ProSight Data Protection Services (DPS) so you can recover rapidly from a destructive cyber attack like ransomware. Find out more about Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP) unified endpoint protection and Exchange filtering.

  • ProSight Data Protection Services: Managed Backup and Recovery
    ProSight Data Protection Services provide small and mid-sized organizations an affordable end-to-end solution for reliable backup/disaster recovery. For a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services automates and monitors your backup activities and enables fast restoration of vital files, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or corrupted due to component failures, software bugs, disasters, human mistakes, or malware attacks like ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to a local storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can deliver advanced support to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with government and industry regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FINRA, and PCI and, whenever necessary, can help you to recover your critical data. Find out more about ProSight Data Protection Services Managed Backup.

  • ProSight Email Guard: Inbound and Outbound Spam Filtering and Data Leakage Protection
    ProSight Email Guard is Progent's spam filtering and email encryption service that incorporates the infrastructure of leading information security companies to provide web-based management and world-class security for your email traffic. The hybrid structure of Email Guard integrates cloud-based filtering with an on-premises gateway appliance to offer advanced defense against spam, viruses, Dos Attacks, DHAs, and other email-borne malware. Email Guard's Cloud Protection Layer acts as a first line of defense and keeps the vast majority of threats from reaching your security perimeter. This decreases your vulnerability to inbound attacks and conserves network bandwidth and storage space. Email Guard's onsite gateway device provides a deeper level of analysis for inbound email. For outbound email, the onsite security gateway provides anti-virus and anti-spam filtering, DLP, and email encryption. The local security gateway can also help Microsoft Exchange Server to track and protect internal email that originates and ends inside your security perimeter. For more details, visit Email Guard spam and content filtering.

  • ProSight WAN Watch: Infrastructure Remote Monitoring and Management
    Progentís ProSight WAN Watch is an infrastructure monitoring and management service that makes it simple and affordable for smaller businesses to map out, monitor, enhance and troubleshoot their networking hardware such as switches, firewalls, and wireless controllers plus servers, printers, client computers and other networked devices. Incorporating state-of-the-art RMM technology, ProSight WAN Watch ensures that network maps are always updated, captures and displays the configuration information of virtually all devices connected to your network, monitors performance, and sends alerts when issues are detected. By automating time-consuming network management activities, WAN Watch can cut hours off common tasks such as network mapping, expanding your network, finding appliances that need critical software patches, or identifying the cause of performance bottlenecks. Find out more details about ProSight WAN Watch network infrastructure management services.

  • ProSight LAN Watch: Server and Desktop Monitoring and Management
    ProSight LAN Watch is Progentís server and desktop remote monitoring service that incorporates state-of-the-art remote monitoring and management technology to keep your IT system running efficiently by tracking the health of critical assets that power your business network. When ProSight LAN Watch detects a problem, an alert is sent immediately to your specified IT staff and your Progent consultant so any potential issues can be addressed before they can disrupt productivity. Find out more details about ProSight LAN Watch server and desktop monitoring services.

  • ProSight Virtual Hosting: Hosted VMs at Progent's Tier III Data Center
    With Progent's ProSight Virtual Hosting service, a small organization can have its critical servers and apps hosted in a secure Tier III data center on a high-performance virtual machine host configured and managed by Progent's network support professionals. Under Progent's ProSight Virtual Hosting service model, the client retains ownership of the data, the operating system platforms, and the applications. Since the system is virtualized, it can be ported immediately to a different hardware solution without requiring a lengthy and difficult reinstallation process. With ProSight Virtual Hosting, your business is not locked into one hosting provider. Learn more details about ProSight Virtual Hosting services.

  • ProSight IT Asset Management: Network Documentation Management
    Progent's ProSight IT Asset Management service is an IT infrastructure documentation management service that makes it easy to capture, maintain, retrieve and protect data related to your network infrastructure, procedures, applications, and services. You can quickly locate passwords or IP addresses and be alerted about upcoming expirations of SSL certificates ,domains or warranties. By cleaning up and organizing your IT documentation, you can eliminate up to half of time wasted searching for vital information about your IT network. ProSight IT Asset Management features a common location for storing and collaborating on all documents required for managing your network infrastructure like standard operating procedures (SOPs) and How-To's. ProSight IT Asset Management also offers advanced automation for gathering and relating IT information. Whether youíre planning improvements, doing maintenance, or reacting to a crisis, ProSight IT Asset Management gets you the knowledge you require as soon as you need it. Learn more about Progent's ProSight IT Asset Management service.
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ProSight Network Audits
Progent's ProSight Network Audits offer a fast and low-cost way for small and mid-size organizations to obtain an objective assessment of the health of their IT system. Based on some of the top remote monitoring and management (RMM) platforms in the industry, and overseen by Progent's certified group of information technology experts, ProSight Network Audits help you see how well the deployment of your essential network assets adhere to industry best practices. Both the Basic and Advanced options for ProSight Network Audit services are available at a budget-friendly, one-time cost and provide instant ROI such as a cleaner Active Directory (AD) system. Both versions also come with one year of advanced remote network monitoring and management (RMM). Advantages can include easier network management, improved compliance with government and industry security standards, more efficient utilization of network assets, quicker troubleshooting, more reliable backup and recovery, and increased uptime. Read more about Progent's ProSight Network Audits network infrastructure assessment.

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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