Ransomware has been weaponized by the major cyber-crime organizations and bad-actor governments, posing a potentially lethal threat to companies that are victimized. Current strains of ransomware go after all vulnerable resources, including backup, making even selective restoration a long and expensive process. New variations of ransomware like Ryuk, Maze, Sodinokibi, Netwalker, Phobos, Lockbit and Egregor have emerged, replacing Locky, Spora, and Petya in notoriety, sophistication, and destructive impact.
90% of crypto-ransomware infections come from innocuous-looking emails that have malicious hyperlinks or attachments, and a high percentage are so-called "zero-day" strains that can escape detection by traditional signature-matching antivirus tools. While user training and frontline identification are critical to protect your network against ransomware, leading practices demand that you assume some attacks will eventually get through and that you deploy a strong backup mechanism that enables you to repair the damage rapidly with minimal losses.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report is an ultra-affordable service centered around a remote interview with a Progent security expert skilled in ransomware protection and repair. In the course of this assessment Progent will collaborate directly with your Curitiba network management staff to gather critical information about your security posture and backup processes. Progent will utilize this information to create a Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment documenting how to follow best practices for configuring and administering your cybersecurity and backup systems to block or recover from a ransomware attack.
Progent's Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment highlights key areas associated with ransomware defense and restoration recovery. The review addresses:
- Proper allocation and use of admin accounts
- Assigning NTFS (New Technology File System) and SMB (Server Message Block) permissions
- Optimal firewall configuration
- Safe Remote Desktop Protocol configuration
- Recommend AntiVirus (AV) tools selection and deployment
The online interview process for the ProSight Ransomware Vulnerability Report service takes about an hour for the average small business and longer for bigger or more complex IT environments. The report document features suggestions for improving your ability to block or recover from a ransomware incident and Progent can provide as-needed expertise to help you to create a cost-effective cybersecurity/data backup system customized for your specific needs.
- Split permission architecture for backup protection
- Protecting required servers including Active Directory
- Offsite backups including cloud backup to Azure
Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts or deletes files so they are unusable or are made publicly available. Crypto-ransomware sometimes locks the target's computer. To avoid the damage, the victim is required to pay a specified ransom, usually via a crypto currency such as Bitcoin, within a brief period of time. It is not guaranteed that delivering the extortion price will recover the lost data or avoid its exposure to the public. Files can be encrypted or deleted across a network based on the target's write permissions, and you cannot break the military-grade encryption technologies used on the compromised files. A typical ransomware attack vector is booby-trapped email, in which the user is tricked into interacting with by a social engineering technique called spear phishing. This makes the email to look as though it came from a familiar source. Another common vulnerability is a poorly protected RDP port.
The ransomware variant CryptoLocker opened the modern era of crypto-ransomware in 2013, and the monetary losses attributed to by different versions of ransomware is said to be billions of dollars annually, more than doubling every other year. Notorious examples are Locky, and NotPetya. Recent high-profile variants like Ryuk, Sodinokibi and CryptoWall are more elaborate and have caused more damage than older versions. Even if your backup procedures allow your business to recover your encrypted data, you can still be hurt by exfiltration, where ransomed documents are made public. Because additional versions of ransomware are launched daily, there is no guarantee that traditional signature-based anti-virus tools will block a new attack. If an attack does appear in an email, it is important that your end users have learned to identify social engineering techniques. Your last line of protection is a sound scheme for performing and retaining offsite backups plus the use of dependable recovery tools.
Contact Progent About the ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Audit in Curitiba
For pricing information and to learn more about how Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Assessment can enhance your protection against ransomware in Curitiba, call Progent at 800-462-8800 or see Contact Progent.