Ransomware has been widely adopted by the major cyber-crime organizations and bad-actor governments, posing a possibly existential threat to businesses that are successfully attacked. The latest versions of crypto-ransomware go after all vulnerable resources, including online backup, making even selective recovery a challenging and costly exercise. New versions of crypto-ransomware like Ryuk, Maze, Sodinokibi, Netwalker, DopplePaymer, Conti and Egregor have made the headlines, replacing Locky, TeslaCrypt, and Petya in prominence, elaborateness, and destructiveness.
Most crypto-ransomware breaches are caused by innocuous-looking emails with dangerous links or attachments, and many are "zero-day" variants that elude detection by legacy signature-based antivirus tools. While user education and up-front identification are important to protect your network against ransomware attacks, best practices demand that you take for granted some malware will eventually get through and that you prepare a solid backup solution that enables you to recover quickly with minimal losses.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Assessment is an ultra-affordable service built around a remote discussion with a Progent cybersecurity consultant skilled in ransomware defense and repair. During this assessment Progent will cooperate with your Aurora IT management staff to collect pertinent information concerning your cybersecurity profile and backup processes. Progent will use this data to produce a Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment detailing how to adhere to leading practices for configuring and administering your cybersecurity and backup solution to block or clean up after a crypto-ransomware assault.
Progent's Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment highlights key issues associated with crypto-ransomware defense and restoration recovery. The review addresses:
Ransomware is a form of malicious software that encrypts or steals a victim's files so they are unusable or are made publicly available. Crypto-ransomware sometimes locks the victim's computer. To avoid the carnage, the victim is required to send a specified ransom, typically via a crypto currency such as Bitcoin, within a brief time window. There is no guarantee that delivering the ransom will recover the damaged files or prevent its publication. Files can be altered or erased throughout a network based on the victim's write permissions, and you cannot solve the strong encryption algorithms used on the hostage files. A typical ransomware delivery package is tainted email, in which the target is tricked into responding to by a social engineering exploit known as spear phishing. This makes the email to look as though it came from a familiar source. Another popular vulnerability is an improperly protected Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) port.
The ransomware variant CryptoLocker opened the new age of ransomware in 2013, and the monetary losses attributed to by the many strains of ransomware is estimated at billions of dollars annually, more than doubling every other year. Famous attacks are Locky, and Petya. Recent high-profile threats like Ryuk, Maze and CryptoWall are more complex and have caused more havoc than earlier strains. Even if your backup processes enable you to restore your encrypted data, you can still be hurt by exfiltration, where ransomed documents are exposed to the public (known as "doxxing"). Because new variants of ransomware are launched daily, there is no guarantee that conventional signature-matching anti-virus tools will detect a new attack. If threat does appear in an email, it is important that your users have been taught to be aware of social engineering tricks. Your ultimate defense is a solid scheme for performing and retaining remote backups plus the deployment of dependable restoration platforms.
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