Ransomware has become the weapon of choice for cybercriminals and bad-actor states, posing a possibly lethal threat to businesses that are victimized. Current strains of ransomware go after everything, including online backup, making even selective recovery a complex and costly process. New variations of ransomware like Ryuk, Maze, Sodinokibi, Netwalker, DopplePaymer, Snatch and Nephilim have emerged, displacing Locky, Spora, and Petya in notoriety, sophistication, and destructive impact.
Most crypto-ransomware infections come from innocuous-looking emails that include dangerous hyperlinks or file attachments, and many are "zero-day" variants that can escape the defenses of legacy signature-matching antivirus tools. Although user education and frontline identification are important to defend your network against ransomware, leading practices dictate that you expect that some attacks will eventually get through and that you put in place a solid backup solution that enables you to recover rapidly with little if any losses.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Assessment is an ultra-affordable service built around a remote interview with a Progent cybersecurity consultant skilled in ransomware protection and recovery. During this assessment Progent will cooperate directly with your Carlsbad IT managers to gather pertinent information concerning your security profile and backup processes. Progent will use this data to create a Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment detailing how to adhere to best practices for implementing and managing your security and backup systems to prevent or clean up after a ransomware assault.
Progent's Basic Security and Best Practices Report highlights vital issues related to crypto-ransomware defense and restoration recovery. The report addresses:
Ransomware is a form of malicious software that encrypts or deletes a victim's files so they are unusable or are publicized. Ransomware sometimes locks the victim's computer. To prevent the carnage, the victim is asked to pay a specified ransom, usually via a crypto currency such as Bitcoin, within a brief time window. There is no guarantee that paying the extortion price will restore the lost data or prevent its exposure to the public. Files can be altered or erased throughout a network based on the target's write permissions, and you cannot break the military-grade encryption algorithms used on the compromised files. A typical ransomware delivery package is spoofed email, in which the victim is tricked into responding to by means of a social engineering technique known as spear phishing. This causes the email message to look as though it came from a trusted sender. Another common vulnerability is a poorly protected RDP port.
CryptoLocker opened the new age of ransomware in 2013, and the damage caused by the many versions of ransomware is estimated at billions of dollars per year, more than doubling every other year. Famous attacks include WannaCry, and Petya. Recent headline variants like Ryuk, Maze and CryptoWall are more elaborate and have caused more havoc than older strains. Even if your backup processes enable your business to restore your ransomed data, you can still be threatened by so-called exfiltration, where ransomed documents are exposed to the public (known as "doxxing"). Because new versions of ransomware are launched every day, there is no certainty that conventional signature-based anti-virus tools will block the latest attack. If threat does show up in an email, it is critical that your users have learned to identify social engineering tricks. Your ultimate protection is a sound process for scheduling and retaining offsite backups and the use of reliable restoration tools.
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