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Ransomware needs time to steal its way across a target network. Because of this, ransomware assaults are commonly unleashed on weekends and late at night, when IT staff are likely to be slower to recognize a break-in and are least able to mount a rapid and forceful response. The more lateral progress ransomware is able to achieve inside a target's network, the longer it takes to restore core operations and damaged files and the more data can be stolen and posted to the dark web.
Progent's Ransomware Hot Line is designed to help you to take the time-critical first step in responding to a ransomware assault by containing the malware. Progent's remote ransomware expert can help businesses in the Columbus area to locate and quarantine infected servers and endpoints and guard clean resources from being penetrated.
If your system has been breached by any strain of ransomware, act fast. Get help quickly by calling Progent's Ransomware Hot Line at 800-462-8800.
Progent's Ransomware Response Expertise Available in Columbus
Modern variants of crypto-ransomware such as Ryuk, Maze, Netwalker, and Egregor encrypt online data and invade any available system restores and backups. Data synchronized to the cloud can also be impacted. For a vulnerable environment, this can make automated restoration almost impossible and basically knocks the datacenter back to square one. Threat Actors, the hackers behind a ransomware assault, insist on a settlement fee for the decryption tools needed to recover scrambled files. Ransomware attacks also attempt to exfiltrate files and TAs require an additional settlement for not publishing this information or selling it. Even if you are able to restore your system to an acceptable point in time, exfiltration can be a major issue depending on the sensitivity of the stolen data.
The recovery work subsequent to ransomware penetration involves several distinct stages, the majority of which can be performed in parallel if the recovery team has enough people with the necessary experience.
- Containment: This time-critical initial step involves blocking the sideways progress of ransomware within your IT system. The more time a ransomware assault is permitted to go unchecked, the more complex and more costly the restoration effort. Because of this, Progent keeps a 24x7 Ransomware Hotline staffed by seasoned ransomware recovery engineers. Quarantine activities include cutting off infected endpoint devices from the network to minimize the spread, documenting the environment, and protecting entry points.
- System continuity: This involves bringing back the network to a basic acceptable level of functionality with the least downtime. This effort is usually the top priority for the victims of the ransomware attack, who often see it as a life-or-death issue for their company. This project also requires the broadest range of IT skills that cover domain controllers, DHCP servers, physical and virtual machines, desktops, laptops and smart phones, databases, office and line-of-business apps, network architecture, and protected endpoint access management. Progent's recovery experts use state-of-the-art collaboration platforms to organize the complicated recovery effort. Progent appreciates the urgency of working rapidly, continuously, and in unison with a customer's management and IT group to prioritize tasks and to get vital resources back online as fast as feasible.
- Data recovery: The work required to restore data damaged by a ransomware attack depends on the state of the systems, how many files are affected, and which recovery methods are required. Ransomware assaults can destroy key databases which, if not properly closed, might have to be reconstructed from the beginning. This can include DNS and AD databases. Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server depend on Active Directory, and many manufacturing and other mission-critical platforms are powered by Microsoft SQL Server. Some detective work may be needed to find undamaged data. For instance, undamaged Outlook Email Offline Folder Files may have survived on employees' desktop computers and laptops that were not connected during the attack.
- Implementing modern AV/ransomware protection: Progent's Active Security Monitoring offers small and medium-sized companies the benefits of the same anti-virus technology implemented by many of the world's biggest corporations including Netflix, Citi, and Salesforce. By delivering in-line malware blocking, classification, containment, recovery and analysis in a single integrated platform, Progent's Active Security Monitoring reduces total cost of ownership, simplifies management, and expedites recovery. The next-generation endpoint protection engine built into in Progent's ProSight ASM was ranked by Gartner Group as the industry's "most visionary Endpoint Protection Platform." Read about Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring (ASM) next-generation endpoint protection and ransomware defense.
- Negotiation with the threat actor (TA): Progent is experienced in negotiating settlements with threat actors. This requires working closely with the victim and the insurance carrier, if there is one. Services consist of determining the kind of ransomware involved in the attack; identifying and making contact with the hacker persona; verifying decryption capabilities; deciding on a settlement with the victim and the insurance provider; establishing a settlement amount and timeline with the TA; checking adherence to anti-money laundering (AML) regulations; carrying out the crypto-currency transfer to the hacker; acquiring, reviewing, and using the decryptor utility; debugging failed files; creating a clean environment; mapping and reconnecting drives to reflect exactly their pre-attack state; and restoring machines and services.
- Forensics: This process is aimed at learning the ransomware attack's progress across the network from beginning to end. This history of the way a ransomware attack travelled within the network assists your IT staff to assess the damage and brings to light shortcomings in rules or work habits that should be rectified to prevent future breaches. Forensics entails the examination of all logs, registry, Group Policy Object (GPO), Active Directory, DNS, routers, firewalls, schedulers, and basic Windows systems to check for anomalies. Forensics is usually assigned a high priority by the cyber insurance provider. Since forensics can be time consuming, it is essential that other key recovery processes such as operational continuity are pursued concurrently. Progent has an extensive roster of IT and data security experts with the knowledge and experience required to perform the work of containment, operational continuity, and data recovery without disrupting forensic analysis.
Progent has provided online and onsite network services throughout the U.S. for more than two decades and has earned Microsoft's Gold Partner designation in the Datacenter and Cloud Productivity competencies. Progent's roster of subject matter experts (SBEs) includes professionals who have earned high-level certifications in core technologies including Cisco infrastructure, VMware, and major distributions of Linux. Progent's data security experts have earned prestigious certifications including CISM, CISSP-ISSAP, and CRISC. (Refer to certifications earned by Progent consultants). Progent also offers guidance in financial and Enterprise Resource Planning applications. This broad array of skills gives Progent the ability to salvage and consolidate the surviving pieces of your IT environment following a ransomware intrusion and rebuild them rapidly into a viable network. Progent has worked with top cyber insurance providers like Chubb to assist businesses clean up after ransomware attacks.
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