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Ransomware requires time to steal its way through a network. For this reason, ransomware assaults are commonly launched on weekends and at night, when support personnel may be slower to become aware of a break-in and are least able to mount a rapid and forceful response. The more lateral progress ransomware can make inside a target's network, the more time it will require to recover core IT services and damaged files and the more data can be exfiltrated to the dark web.
Progent's Ransomware Hot Line is designed to guide organizations to carry out the time-critical first phase in responding to a ransomware assault by putting out the fire. Progent's remote ransomware expert can assist businesses in the Virginia Beach area to locate and isolate infected devices and protect clean resources from being penetrated.
If your system has been breached by any version of ransomware, act fast. Get help quickly by calling Progent's Ransomware Hot Line at 800-462-8800.
Progent's Ransomware Recovery Expertise Offered in Virginia Beach
Current strains of ransomware like Ryuk, Sodinokibi, DopplePaymer, and Egregor encrypt online data and invade any accessible backups. Data synchronized to the cloud can also be corrupted. For a vulnerable environment, this can make automated restoration almost impossible and basically knocks the IT system back to square one. So-called Threat Actors, the hackers behind a ransomware attack, demand a ransom fee in exchange for the decryption tools required to recover encrypted files. Ransomware assaults also attempt to steal (or "exfiltrate") files and TAs demand an extra settlement in exchange for not posting this information on the dark web. Even if you are able to rollback your network to an acceptable point in time, exfiltration can be a big problem according to the nature of the downloaded information.
The restoration work subsequent to ransomware attack involves several crucial phases, most of which can proceed concurrently if the recovery workgroup has enough members with the necessary experience.
- Containment: This urgent first response requires arresting the lateral spread of ransomware within your network. The longer a ransomware assault is allowed to go unchecked, the longer and more expensive the restoration process. Recognizing this, Progent maintains a round-the-clock Ransomware Hotline monitored by veteran ransomware response engineers. Containment processes consist of isolating affected endpoints from the rest of network to minimize the spread, documenting the environment, and securing entry points.
- Operational continuity: This involves bringing back the IT system to a minimal useful level of functionality with the shortest possible delay. This effort is typically the top priority for the targets of the ransomware attack, who often see it as an existential issue for their company. This activity also demands the widest array of IT abilities that cover domain controllers, DHCP servers, physical and virtual machines, PCs, laptops and smart phones, databases, office and mission-critical apps, network architecture, and safe endpoint access management. Progent's recovery team uses advanced workgroup platforms to coordinate the multi-faceted recovery process. Progent appreciates the importance of working rapidly, tirelessly, and in concert with a customer's management and IT group to prioritize activity and to get essential resources back online as fast as feasible.
- Data restoration: The work necessary to recover files impacted by a ransomware attack depends on the condition of the network, how many files are affected, and what restore methods are needed. Ransomware assaults can destroy critical databases which, if not gracefully closed, may need to be rebuilt from the beginning. This can include DNS and 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. Some detective work could be needed to locate undamaged data. For instance, non-encrypted OST files (Outlook Email Offline Folder Files) may have survived on staff desktop computers and notebooks that were not connected during the ransomware assault.
- Setting up modern antivirus/ransomware defense: Progent's Active Security Monitoring offers small and medium-sized businesses the benefits of the identical anti-virus tools deployed by many of the world's largest corporations such as Walmart, Visa, and Salesforce. By providing in-line malware filtering, detection, containment, repair and analysis in a single integrated platform, ProSight ASM lowers total cost of ownership, simplifies administration, and promotes rapid recovery. The next-generation endpoint protection engine built into in Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring was listed by Gartner Group as the "most visionary Endpoint Protection Platform." Learn about Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring (ASM) next-generation endpoint protection and ransomware defense.
- Negotiation with the threat actor (TA): Progent has experience negotiating settlements with threat actors. This calls for working closely with the victim and the insurance provider, if there is one. Services consist of determining the type of ransomware involved in the assault; identifying and making contact with the hacker persona; testing decryption capabilities; deciding on a settlement with the victim and the insurance provider; establishing a settlement amount and schedule with the TA; checking compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) sanctions; overseeing the crypto-currency disbursement to the TA; acquiring, learning, and using the decryptor tool; debugging decryption problems; creating a pristine environment; remapping and reconnecting drives to match exactly their pre-encryption state; and recovering computers and services.
- Forensic analysis: This process is aimed at discovering the ransomware attack's progress across the targeted network from start to finish. This history of the way a ransomware assault travelled within the network assists your IT staff to assess the damage and uncovers weaknesses in policies or processes that need to be rectified to avoid future break-ins. Forensics involves the examination of all logs, registry, Group Policy Object, AD, DNS, routers, firewalls, schedulers, and core Windows systems to look for variations. Forensic analysis is typically assigned a high priority by the cyber insurance carrier. Because forensics can be time consuming, it is critical that other important recovery processes such as business resumption are pursued concurrently. Progent maintains an extensive roster of information technology and cybersecurity professionals with the knowledge and experience needed to perform activities for containment, business resumption, and data recovery without disrupting forensics.
Progent has provided remote and onsite IT services across the U.S. for more than two decades and has earned Microsoft's Gold Partner certification in the Datacenter and Cloud Productivity practice areas. Progent's team of SBEs includes professionals who have been awarded high-level certifications in core technologies such as Cisco infrastructure, VMware, and popular Linux distros. Progent's data security consultants have earned industry-recognized certifications such as CISA, CISSP-ISSAP, and CRISC. (Refer to Progent's certifications). Progent also offers guidance in financial and Enterprise Resource Planning applications. This breadth of expertise allows Progent to salvage and integrate the surviving parts of your IT environment after a ransomware attack and reconstruct them rapidly into an operational network. Progent has collaborated with leading cyber insurance carriers like Chubb to help businesses clean up after ransomware attacks.
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