Ransomware has been widely adopted by the major cyber-crime organizations and bad-actor governments, posing a potentially lethal risk to businesses that are successfully attacked. The latest variations of crypto-ransomware go after all vulnerable resources, including backup, making even partial recovery a challenging and costly exercise. New versions of crypto-ransomware like Ryuk, Maze, Sodinokibi, Mailto (aka Netwalker), Phobos, Conti and Nephilim have made the headlines, displacing Locky, Cerber, and NotPetya in notoriety, elaborateness, and destructive impact.
90% of ransomware breaches are the result of innocuous-seeming emails that have dangerous hyperlinks or attachments, and a high percentage are so-called "zero-day" variants that can escape detection by legacy signature-matching antivirus (AV) filters. Although user training and frontline detection are critical to defend against ransomware, leading practices dictate that you expect that some attacks will inevitably get through and that you put in place a solid backup mechanism that permits you to recover quickly with minimal losses.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report is an ultra-affordable service centered around an online discussion with a Progent security expert experienced in ransomware protection and recovery. In the course of this assessment Progent will work with your Corpus Christi IT managers to collect pertinent information about your security configuration and backup processes. Progent will use this information to produce a Basic Security and Best Practices Report detailing how to apply best practices for implementing and managing your cybersecurity and backup solution to block or recover from a crypto-ransomware assault.
Progent's Basic Security and Best Practices Report highlights vital issues associated with crypto-ransomware defense and restoration recovery. The review addresses:
- Correct allocation and use of administration accounts
- Appropriate NTFS and SMB (Server Message Block) authorizations
- Proper firewall setup
- Safe Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access
- Advice about AntiVirus (AV) filtering selection and deployment
The remote interview for the ProSight Ransomware Vulnerability Checkup service lasts about an hour for the average small business and longer for larger or more complicated IT environments. The report document includes suggestions for improving your ability to block or recover from a ransomware attack and Progent offers on-demand expertise to assist your business to design and deploy a cost-effective security/backup solution customized for your business requirements.
- Split permission architecture for backup integrity
- Backing up key servers including AD
- Geographically dispersed backups including cloud backup to Microsoft Azure
Ransomware is a variety of malicious software that encrypts or deletes files so they cannot be used or are publicized. Crypto-ransomware often locks the target's computer. To prevent the carnage, the target is required to pay a certain amount of money, typically in the form of a crypto currency like Bitcoin, within a brief time window. It is not guaranteed that paying the ransom will restore the damaged files or avoid its exposure to the public. Files can be encrypted or erased across a network based on the victim's write permissions, and you cannot solve the strong encryption algorithms used on the hostage files. A typical ransomware attack vector is spoofed email, whereby the user is lured into interacting with by means of a social engineering exploit called spear phishing. This makes the email to appear to come from a trusted sender. Another popular attack vector is a poorly protected Remote Desktop Protocol port.
CryptoLocker ushered in the modern era of crypto-ransomware in 2013, and the damage caused by the many strains of ransomware is said to be billions of dollars per year, roughly doubling every two years. Notorious examples are WannaCry, and NotPetya. Recent high-profile variants like Ryuk, Maze and Cerber are more complex and have wreaked more havoc than earlier strains. Even if your backup processes allow you to restore your encrypted files, you can still be threatened by exfiltration, where ransomed data are exposed to the public (known as "doxxing"). Because new variants of ransomware are launched every day, there is no guarantee that traditional signature-based anti-virus tools will block the latest malware. If an attack does show up in an email, it is important that your users have been taught to identify social engineering tricks. Your last line of protection is a sound process for scheduling and retaining remote backups and the use of dependable recovery tools.
Ask Progent About the ProSight Ransomware Susceptibility Audit in Corpus Christi
For pricing details and to learn more about how Progent's ProSight Crypto-Ransomware Preparedness Review can enhance your protection against ransomware in Corpus Christi, call Progent at 800-462-8800 or visit Contact Progent.