ProSight Ransomware Preparedness AssessmentRansomware has been widely adopted by the major cyber-crime organizations and malicious governments, representing a possibly lethal risk to businesses that are successfully attacked. Modern variations of ransomware target all vulnerable resources, including online backup, making even selective recovery a long and costly process. Novel strains of crypto-ransomware such as Ryuk, Maze, Sodinokibi, Netwalker, DopplePaymer, LockBit and Egregor have emerged, replacing Locky, TeslaCrypt, and NotPetya in notoriety, sophistication, and destructive impact.

Most ransomware breaches come from innocent-seeming emails with malicious links or file attachments, and many are "zero-day" variants that elude detection by traditional signature-based antivirus filters. Although user education and up-front detection are critical to protect against ransomware, best practices dictate that you assume some attacks will inevitably succeed and that you deploy a strong backup mechanism that enables you to recover rapidly with little if any damage.

Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Assessment is an ultra-affordable service built around a remote discussion with a Progent security consultant experienced in ransomware protection and repair. In the course of this assessment Progent will collaborate with your Dallas network managers to collect pertinent data about your security posture and backup processes. Progent will utilize this information to create a Basic Security and Best Practices Report detailing how to follow best practices for implementing and administering your cybersecurity and backup systems to block or clean up after a ransomware attack.

Progent's Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment highlights vital areas related to crypto-ransomware defense and restoration recovery. The report addresses:

Security

  • Proper allocation and use of administration accounts
  • Assigning NTFS and SMB authorizations
  • Proper firewall setup
  • Safe RDP connections
  • Advice about AntiVirus filtering selection and deployment
Backups
  • Split permission model for backup protection
  • Protecting required servers including AD
  • Geographically dispersed backups including cloud backup to Azure
The online interview included with the ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report service lasts about an hour for a typical small company and requires more time for bigger or more complicated environments. The written report contains suggestions for improving your ability to ward off or clean up after a ransomware attack and Progent can provide as-needed consulting services to assist you and your IT staff to create an efficient security/backup system tailored to your business requirements.

About Ransomware
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts or deletes a victim's files so they are unusable or are publicized. Ransomware often locks the victim's computer. To prevent the carnage, the victim is asked to pay a specified amount of money (the ransom), usually in the form of a crypto currency such as Bitcoin, within a short time window. There is no guarantee that delivering the extortion price will restore the lost files or avoid its exposure to the public. Files can be altered or deleted throughout a network based on the victim's write permissions, and you cannot solve the military-grade encryption algorithms used on the compromised files. A typical ransomware delivery package is booby-trapped email, in which the victim is tricked into responding to by a social engineering exploit called spear phishing. This makes the email to look as though it came from a trusted source. Another popular attack vector is an improperly secured Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) port.

CryptoLocker ushered in the new age of ransomware in 2013, and the monetary losses caused by different strains of ransomware is said to be billions of dollars annually, roughly doubling every two years. Notorious attacks are WannaCry, and Petya. Current high-profile variants like Ryuk, DoppelPaymer and Cerber are more sophisticated and have caused more havoc than older strains. Even if your backup/recovery procedures enable you to recover your encrypted files, you can still be threatened by exfiltration, where ransomed data are made public (known as "doxxing"). Because additional versions of ransomware crop up every day, there is no guarantee that traditional 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 techniques. Your ultimate protection is a solid scheme for performing and keeping offsite backups and the use of dependable restoration platforms.

Contact Progent About the ProSight Crypto-Ransomware Readiness Report in Dallas
For pricing details and to find out more about how Progent's ProSight Ransomware Readiness Testing can bolster your defense against crypto-ransomware in Dallas, call Progent at 800-462-8800 or see Contact Progent.



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