Ransomware has become the weapon of choice for cybercriminals and bad-actor governments, posing a possibly existential threat to businesses that are victimized. Current versions of crypto-ransomware go after everything, including online backup, making even selective recovery a complex and costly exercise. New versions of crypto-ransomware like Ryuk, Maze, Sodinokibi, Netwalker, Phobos, Lockbit and Nephilim have emerged, replacing WannaCry, Cerber, and Petya in notoriety, sophistication, and destructive impact.
Most crypto-ransomware breaches are caused by innocuous-seeming emails with dangerous hyperlinks or file attachments, and a high percentage are so-called "zero-day" variants that can escape the defenses of legacy signature-matching antivirus (AV) filters. Although user education and frontline identification are important to protect your network against ransomware attacks, best practices demand that you take for granted some malware will inevitably succeed and that you implement a solid backup mechanism that enables you to repair the damage quickly with minimal damage.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Vulnerability Checkup is an ultra-affordable service built around an online discussion with a Progent security consultant experienced in ransomware protection and repair. In the course of this interview Progent will work directly with your Cabo Frio IT managers to gather critical information concerning your security configuration and backup environment. Progent will utilize this information to generate a Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment documenting how to adhere to leading practices for implementing and administering your cybersecurity and backup solution to block or clean up after a crypto-ransomware attack.
Progent's Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment focuses on vital issues associated with crypto-ransomware prevention and restoration recovery. The review addresses:
- Correct use of administration accounts
- Assigning NTFS and SMB (Server Message Block) permissions
- Proper firewall setup
- Secure Remote Desktop Protocol access
- Recommend AntiVirus tools selection and deployment
The remote interview included with the ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Checkup service lasts about one hour for a typical small company and longer for bigger or more complicated IT environments. The report document includes recommendations for improving your ability to block or clean up after a ransomware attack and Progent offers as-needed consulting services to assist your business to create an efficient security/data backup system tailored to your specific needs.
- Split permission model for backup integrity
- Backing up required servers including Active Directory
- Geographically dispersed backups with cloud backup to Azure
Ransomware is a variety of malware that encrypts or deletes files so they are unusable or are publicized. Ransomware sometimes locks the victim's computer. To prevent the carnage, the target is asked to send a specified amount of money, usually via a crypto currency like Bitcoin, within a short time window. It is not guaranteed that paying the extortion price will restore the lost files or prevent its publication. Files can be encrypted or deleted throughout a network depending on the target's write permissions, and you cannot reverse engineer the military-grade encryption algorithms used on the compromised files. A typical ransomware attack vector is booby-trapped email, in which the victim is lured into responding to by means of a social engineering exploit called spear phishing. This causes the email to appear to come from a trusted source. Another popular vulnerability is an improperly secured RDP port.
The ransomware variant CryptoLocker ushered in the new age of ransomware in 2013, and the monetary losses caused by different strains of ransomware is estimated at billions of dollars annually, more than doubling every two years. Notorious attacks are WannaCry, and Petya. Current headline threats like Ryuk, Sodinokibi and Cerber are more complex and have wreaked more damage than earlier versions. Even if your backup processes permit your business to recover your encrypted 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 detect a new attack. If an attack does show up in an email, it is critical that your end users have learned to be aware of social engineering tricks. Your ultimate protection is a solid process for performing and retaining remote backups and the use of dependable recovery platforms.
Ask Progent About the ProSight Ransomware Susceptibility Evaluation in Cabo Frio
For pricing information and to learn more about how Progent's ProSight Crypto-Ransomware Preparedness Testing can bolster your protection against crypto-ransomware in Cabo Frio, phone Progent at 800-462-8800 or visit Contact Progent.