Ransomware has been widely adopted by the major cyber-crime organizations and bad-actor governments, representing a potentially lethal risk to businesses that are victimized. The latest versions of ransomware go after everything, including online backup, making even selective recovery a complex and expensive exercise. Novel variations of ransomware such as Ryuk, Maze, Sodinokibi, Netwalker, DopplePaymer, Snatch and Egregor have emerged, replacing WannaCry, Spora, and Petya in notoriety, elaborateness, and destructiveness.
Most ransomware infections come from innocent-seeming emails with malicious hyperlinks or attachments, and a high percentage are "zero-day" strains that elude detection by traditional signature-based antivirus tools. While user education and up-front identification are critical to protect against ransomware attacks, leading practices demand that you expect that some malware will eventually succeed and that you implement a solid backup solution that allows you to recover quickly with minimal damage.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Assessment is an ultra-affordable service centered around a remote interview with a Progent security expert experienced in ransomware defense and recovery. During this interview Progent will work directly with your Charlotte network management staff to collect pertinent information about your security posture and backup processes. Progent will use this information to create a Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment documenting how to adhere to leading practices for implementing and administering your cybersecurity and backup systems to prevent or recover from a crypto-ransomware attack.
Progent's Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment highlights vital issues related to ransomware prevention and restoration recovery. The report covers:
Ransomware is a variety of malicious software that encrypts or steals files so they are unusable or are publicized. Ransomware sometimes locks the target's computer. To prevent the carnage, the target is required to send a certain amount of money (the ransom), typically in the form of a crypto currency such as Bitcoin, within a short time window. It is not guaranteed that paying the ransom will recover the damaged data or avoid its exposure to the public. Files can be altered or erased throughout a network based on the target's write permissions, and you cannot solve the military-grade encryption technologies used on the hostage files. A common ransomware attack vector is spoofed email, whereby the target is lured into responding to by a social engineering technique known as spear phishing. This makes the email to appear to come from a trusted source. Another popular vulnerability is a poorly protected RDP port.
The ransomware variant CryptoLocker opened the new age of ransomware in 2013, and the damage attributed to by different strains of ransomware is estimated at billions of dollars per year, roughly doubling every two years. Famous examples are Locky, and NotPetya. Current headline variants like Ryuk, Sodinokibi and CryptoWall are more elaborate and have wreaked more havoc than earlier versions. Even if your backup processes enable you to recover your ransomed files, you can still be hurt by so-called exfiltration, where ransomed documents are exposed to the public (known as "doxxing"). Because additional versions of ransomware are launched daily, there is no guarantee that traditional signature-based anti-virus tools will detect a new malware. If threat does appear in an email, it is important that your end users have learned to be aware of phishing techniques. Your last line of defense is a sound scheme for performing and keeping remote backups plus the use of reliable restoration tools.
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