Ransomware has been widely adopted by cyber extortionists and malicious states, representing a possibly lethal threat to companies that are victimized. Modern variations of crypto-ransomware target all vulnerable resources, including backup, making even partial recovery a long and costly process. Novel strains of crypto-ransomware like Ryuk, Maze, Sodinokibi, Netwalker, DopplePaymer, Lockbit and Nephilim have emerged, displacing WannaCry, Spora, and CryptoWall in prominence, elaborateness, and destructiveness.
90% of ransomware breaches are the result of innocent-seeming emails that include malicious hyperlinks or attachments, and many are "zero-day" attacks that can escape the defenses of traditional signature-matching antivirus filters. While user education and frontline identification are important to protect your network against ransomware, best practices dictate that you assume some malware will inevitably succeed and that you implement a strong backup mechanism that permits you to repair the damage rapidly with minimal losses.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Assessment is an ultra-affordable service centered around an online discussion with a Progent cybersecurity consultant experienced in ransomware protection and repair. During this assessment Progent will cooperate with your Broomfield IT management staff to collect pertinent information concerning your security configuration and backup environment. Progent will use this data to produce a Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment documenting how to apply leading practices for configuring and managing your security and backup solution to block or clean up after a ransomware assault.
Progent's Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment focuses on key issues related to ransomware defense and restoration recovery. The review covers:
- Correct use of administration accounts
- Appropriate NTFS (New Technology File System) and SMB (Server Message Block) permissions
- Optimal firewall configuration
- Safe RDP configuration
- Advice about AntiVirus tools selection and configuration
The remote interview for the ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report service takes about one hour for the average small business and requires more time for larger or more complex environments. The written report includes recommendations for enhancing your ability to block or recover from a ransomware incident and Progent can provide as-needed consulting services to help you to create a cost-effective cybersecurity/data backup system customized for your specific needs.
- Split permission model for backup integrity
- Backing up key servers including Active Directory
- Offsite backups including cloud backup to Microsoft Azure
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts or deletes files so they cannot be used or are made publicly available. Crypto-ransomware often locks the victim's computer. To avoid the damage, the victim is required to pay a specified amount of money, usually via a crypto currency like Bitcoin, within a short period of time. There is no guarantee that delivering the extortion price will recover the damaged data or avoid its exposure to the public. Files can be encrypted or erased throughout a network depending on the victim's write permissions, and you cannot break the military-grade encryption algorithms used on the hostage files. A typical ransomware attack vector is tainted email, whereby the victim is lured into interacting with by a social engineering technique called spear phishing. This makes the email message to look as though it came from a familiar sender. Another common vulnerability is an improperly secured Remote Desktop Protocol port.
The ransomware variant CryptoLocker opened the new age of crypto-ransomware in 2013, and the monetary losses attributed to by different versions of ransomware is said to be billions of dollars annually, more than doubling every two years. Notorious attacks include Locky, and Petya. Recent headline variants like Ryuk, DoppelPaymer and TeslaCrypt are more elaborate and have caused more havoc than older versions. Even if your backup/recovery procedures permit you to recover your ransomed data, you can still be hurt by exfiltration, where ransomed data are exposed to the public. Because additional versions of ransomware crop up every day, there is no guarantee that conventional signature-matching anti-virus tools will block the latest malware. If an attack does show up in an email, it is critical that your end users have learned to be aware of social engineering techniques. Your ultimate protection is a sound scheme for scheduling and keeping remote backups and the deployment of reliable restoration tools.
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For pricing details and to find out more about how Progent's ProSight Ransomware Susceptibility Consultation can enhance your protection against ransomware in Broomfield, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.