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Ransomware needs time to work its way through a network. For this reason, ransomware attacks are commonly launched 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 coordinated response. The more lateral movement ransomware can manage within a victim's network, the more time it will require to recover basic operations and damaged files and the more data can be exfiltrated to the dark web.
Progent's Ransomware Hot Line is intended to guide organizations to complete the urgent first step in mitigating a ransomware attack by stopping the bleeding. Progent's online ransomware expert can assist organizations in the Lincoln metro area to identify and quarantine breached devices and guard undamaged assets from being penetrated.
If your network has been penetrated by any version of ransomware, act fast. Get immediate help by calling Progent's Ransomware Hot Line at 800-993-9400.
Progent's Ransomware Response Services Available in Lincoln
Modern strains of crypto-ransomware like Ryuk, Maze, Netwalker, and Egregor encrypt online data and attack any accessible system restores and backups. Data synchronized to the cloud can also be corrupted. For a poorly defended network, this can make automated restoration nearly impossible and effectively knocks the IT system back to the beginning. Threat Actors, the cybercriminals behind a ransomware assault, demand a settlement fee for the decryptors required to recover scrambled files. Ransomware assaults also attempt to exfiltrate information and hackers demand an extra payment in exchange for not publishing this information on the dark web. Even if you can restore your network to an acceptable point in time, exfiltration can pose a major problem according to the sensitivity of the stolen information.
The restoration process after a ransomware penetration involves several crucial phases, the majority of which can proceed concurrently if the recovery workgroup has a sufficient number of members with the required experience.
- Quarantine: This urgent first response requires blocking the sideways spread of ransomware within your network. The longer a ransomware assault is allowed to run unchecked, the more complex and more costly the restoration effort. Recognizing this, Progent keeps a 24x7 Ransomware Hotline staffed by seasoned ransomware recovery experts. Quarantine activities consist of cutting off infected endpoints from the rest of network to minimize the spread, documenting the IT system, and securing entry points.
- System continuity: This involves bringing back the IT system to a basic acceptable degree of functionality with the least delay. This process is usually the highest priority for the targets of the ransomware attack, who often perceive it to be an existential issue for their business. This project also requires the broadest array of IT skills that span domain controllers, DHCP servers, physical and virtual servers, PCs, laptops and mobile phones, databases, productivity and mission-critical applications, network architecture, and protected remote access management. Progent's recovery experts use advanced collaboration platforms to organize the multi-faceted restoration process. Progent appreciates the urgency of working quickly, tirelessly, and in concert with a customer's managers and network support staff to prioritize tasks and to get essential services back online as fast as possible.
- Data recovery: The work necessary to recover data damaged by a ransomware assault varies according to the state of the systems, how many files are affected, and what restore methods are needed. Ransomware attacks can destroy pivotal databases which, if not gracefully shut down, might have to be rebuilt from the beginning. This can apply to DNS and Active Directory (AD) databases. Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server depend on Active Directory, and many manufacturing and other mission-critical applications are powered by Microsoft SQL Server. Often some detective work may be required to find undamaged data. For example, non-encrypted Outlook Email Offline Folder Files may have survived on staff desktop computers and laptops that were off line at the time of the attack.
- Implementing advanced antivirus/ransomware defense: Progent's Active Security Monitoring offers small and medium-sized companies the advantages of the same anti-virus technology used by some of the world's biggest enterprises including Netflix, Citi, and NASDAQ. By delivering in-line malware filtering, classification, mitigation, repair and forensics in a single integrated platform, Progent's ASM cuts TCO, simplifies administration, and promotes rapid operational continuity. The next-generation endpoint protection engine incorporated in Progent's Active Security Monitoring was listed by Gartner Group as the industry's "most visionary Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP)." Read about Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring next-generation endpoint protection and ransomware recovery.
- Negotiating a settlement with the hacker Progent has experience negotiating settlements with hackers. This calls for close co-operation with the ransomware victim and the cyber insurance provider, if any. Services consist of determining the type of ransomware involved in the assault; identifying and making contact with the hacker persona; testing decryption tool; budgeting a settlement with the victim and the insurance provider; establishing a settlement and schedule with the TA; checking compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) regulations; carrying out the crypto-currency payment to the hacker; acquiring, learning, and using the decryption tool; debugging decryption problems; creating a clean environment; mapping and reconnecting drives to match precisely their pre-attack state; and reprovisioning physical and virtual devices and software services.
- Forensic analysis: This process involves learning the ransomware attack's progress across the targeted network from beginning to end. This audit trail of how a ransomware assault progressed within the network helps you to evaluate the damage and brings to light vulnerabilities in policies or work habits that should be corrected to prevent later breaches. Forensics involves the review of all logs, registry, Group Policy Object, Active Directory, DNS, routers, firewalls, scheduled tasks, and core Windows systems to detect anomalies. Forensic analysis is commonly given a top priority by the insurance provider. Because forensic analysis can be time consuming, it is critical that other key activities such as operational resumption are pursued concurrently. Progent maintains a large roster of IT and cybersecurity professionals with the knowledge and experience required to carry out the work of containment, operational continuity, and data recovery without disrupting forensics.
Progent has provided online and onsite network services across the United States for over 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 consultants who have been awarded high-level certifications in core technology platforms such as Cisco infrastructure, VMware, and popular distributions of Linux. Progent's cybersecurity consultants have earned prestigious certifications such as CISA, CISSP, and GIAC. (See certifications earned by Progent consultants). Progent also offers top-tier support in financial and Enterprise Resource Planning application software. This breadth of skills gives Progent the ability to salvage and integrate the surviving pieces of your network following a ransomware intrusion and rebuild them quickly into an operational system. Progent has collaborated with leading cyber insurance carriers like Chubb to help businesses recover from ransomware attacks.
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