Ransomware has been widely adopted by the major cyber-crime organizations and rogue governments, representing a potentially existential risk to companies that are breached. The latest variations of ransomware target everything, including backup, making even partial restoration a long and expensive exercise. New versions of ransomware like Ryuk, Maze, Sodinokibi, Netwalker, DopplePaymer, LockBit and Egregor have emerged, replacing Locky, TeslaCrypt, and Petya in notoriety, elaborateness, and destructiveness.
Most crypto-ransomware breaches come from innocuous-seeming emails that have dangerous links or file attachments, and a high percentage are "zero-day" strains that elude detection by legacy signature-based antivirus tools. While user training and up-front detection are critical to protect against ransomware attacks, best practices dictate that you assume some malware will inevitably succeed and that you implement a solid backup mechanism that allows you to restore files and services rapidly with little if any damage.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Assessment is an ultra-affordable service built around an online discussion with a Progent cybersecurity expert experienced in ransomware protection and repair. During this interview Progent will work directly with your Cheyenne network managers to collect pertinent information concerning your security setup and backup processes. Progent will utilize this data to generate a Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment detailing how to follow leading practices for implementing and administering your security and backup solution to prevent or clean up after a ransomware attack.
Progent's Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment focuses on vital issues related to ransomware defense and restoration recovery. The review addresses:
- Effective use of administration accounts
- Assigning NTFS (New Technology File System) and SMB permissions
- Proper firewall setup
- Safe Remote Desktop Protocol access
- Advice about AntiVirus filtering selection and deployment
The online interview process for the ProSight Ransomware Vulnerability Report service lasts about an hour for a typical small company and longer for bigger or more complicated IT environments. The written report contains recommendations for enhancing your ability to ward off or recover from a ransomware assault and Progent can provide as-needed expertise to help you to create a cost-effective cybersecurity/backup solution customized for your business needs.
- Split permission model for backup protection
- Backing up critical servers such as Active Directory
- Offsite backups including cloud backup to Microsoft Azure
Ransomware is a variety of malicious software that encrypts or deletes a victim's files so they are unusable or are publicized. Crypto-ransomware sometimes locks the target's computer. To avoid the carnage, the target is required to pay a specified amount of money (the ransom), typically in the form of a crypto currency such as Bitcoin, within a short period of time. It is not guaranteed that delivering the extortion price will restore the lost files or prevent its publication. Files can be altered or erased throughout a network based on the target's write permissions, and you cannot break the strong encryption technologies used on the compromised files. A common ransomware delivery package is booby-trapped email, in which the target is tricked into interacting with by means of a social engineering technique called spear phishing. This makes the email message to look as though it came from a trusted source. Another common attack vector is an improperly secured Remote Desktop Protocol port.
CryptoLocker opened the new age of crypto-ransomware in 2013, and the monetary losses attributed to by the many strains of ransomware is estimated at billions of dollars per year, roughly doubling every other year. Notorious attacks include Locky, and NotPetya. Recent high-profile threats like Ryuk, Sodinokibi and Spora are more elaborate and have wreaked more havoc than earlier strains. Even if your backup processes allow your business to recover your ransomed data, you can still be threatened by exfiltration, where ransomed data are exposed to the public. Because additional variants of ransomware are launched every day, there is no certainty that conventional signature-matching anti-virus filters will block a new attack. If an attack does appear in an email, it is critical that your users have learned to identify phishing tricks. Your ultimate protection is a sound scheme for performing and keeping offsite backups and the deployment of dependable restoration tools.
Contact Progent About the ProSight Crypto-Ransomware Susceptibility Audit in Cheyenne
For pricing details and to learn more about how Progent's ProSight Crypto-Ransomware Vulnerability Evaluation can enhance your defense against crypto-ransomware in Cheyenne, call Progent at 800-462-8800 or visit Contact Progent.