Ransomware has been weaponized by the major cyber-crime organizations and malicious states, representing a potentially existential risk to businesses that are successfully attacked. Current versions of ransomware go after everything, including backup, making even selective restoration a long and costly process. Novel versions of ransomware like Ryuk, Maze, Sodinokibi, Mailto (aka Netwalker), Phobos, Lockbit and Egregor have made the headlines, displacing WannaCry, TeslaCrypt, and CryptoWall in notoriety, elaborateness, and destructiveness.
90% of crypto-ransomware penetrations are the result of innocuous-seeming emails that include malicious links or attachments, and many are so-called "zero-day" attacks that can escape detection by legacy signature-matching antivirus filters. Although user training and up-front detection are important to defend against ransomware attacks, best practices demand that you expect that some malware will inevitably succeed and that you implement a strong backup mechanism that enables you to recover rapidly with minimal damage.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Vulnerability Report is an ultra-affordable service built around a remote discussion with a Progent security expert skilled in ransomware defense and recovery. In the course of this assessment Progent will collaborate with your Long Beach IT managers to gather pertinent data concerning your security setup and backup environment. Progent will utilize this information to create a Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment documenting how to follow best practices for implementing and administering your cybersecurity and backup systems to block or recover from a ransomware assault.
Progent's Basic Security and Best Practices Assessment focuses on key areas associated with crypto-ransomware prevention and restoration recovery. The report addresses:
- Proper use of administration accounts
- Correct NTFS (New Technology File System) and SMB (Server Message Block) authorizations
- Optimal firewall settings
- Secure Remote Desktop Protocol connections
- Advice about AntiVirus (AV) filtering identification and configuration
The remote interview process for the ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Checkup service lasts about an hour for the average small business and longer for larger or more complex IT environments. The report document includes recommendations for improving your ability to block or clean up after a ransomware attack and Progent offers as-needed expertise to assist your business to design and deploy an efficient security/data backup solution tailored to your specific requirements.
- Split permission model for backup protection
- Protecting required servers such as AD
- Offsite backups with cloud backup to Azure
Ransomware is a form of malicious software that encrypts or steals a victim's files so they are unusable or are publicized. Ransomware sometimes locks the victim's computer. To avoid the carnage, the target is required to pay a specified amount of money, usually via a crypto currency like Bitcoin, within a short period of time. It is not guaranteed that delivering the extortion price will recover the damaged data or avoid its publication. Files can be altered or erased across a network depending on the target's write permissions, and you cannot break the military-grade encryption algorithms used on the compromised files. A common ransomware attack vector is booby-trapped email, in which the victim is tricked into interacting with by a social engineering exploit known as spear phishing. This makes the email to appear to come from a familiar sender. Another common attack vector is a poorly protected Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) port.
The ransomware variant CryptoLocker opened the modern era of crypto-ransomware in 2013, and the monetary losses caused by different strains of ransomware is estimated at billions of dollars per year, more than doubling every two years. Notorious examples are Locky, and Petya. Recent headline threats like Ryuk, Sodinokibi and Spora are more complex and have wreaked more havoc than older versions. Even if your backup procedures enable you to recover your ransomed data, you can still be hurt by so-called exfiltration, where ransomed data are exposed to the public (known as "doxxing"). Because new versions of ransomware crop up every day, there is no certainty that conventional signature-matching anti-virus filters will detect the latest malware. If an attack does appear in an email, it is critical that your end users have been taught to be aware of social engineering techniques. Your ultimate protection is a sound scheme for scheduling and retaining remote backups and the deployment of dependable restoration platforms.
Ask Progent About the ProSight Crypto-Ransomware Vulnerability Consultation in Long Beach
For pricing details and to learn more about how Progent's ProSight Crypto-Ransomware Vulnerability Report can enhance your protection against ransomware in Long Beach, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.