Ransomware has become the weapon of choice for the major cyber-crime organizations, posing an existential threat to businesses that fall victim. The latest strains of ransomware target everything, including backup, making even partial recovery a long and expensive process. New variations of ransomware like Ryuk, Hermes, and MongoLock have made the headlines, displacing WannaCry, Locky, and NotPetya in notoriety, elaborateness, and destructive impact.
90% of ransomware infections come from innocent-seeming emails with malicious links or attachments, and many are so-called "zero-day" attacks that can escape detection by traditional signature-based antivirus (AV) tools. While user education and frontline detection are critical to defend against ransomware, best practices dictate that you assume some attacks will succeed and that you put in place a strong backup solution that allows you to recover quickly with minimal damage.
Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report is an ultra-affordable service centered around an interview with a Progent security consultant experienced in ransomware defense and recovery. Progent will help determine your company's readiness to block or recover from a ransomware attack. During this interview Progent will work directly with you to gather pertinent information about your security and backup environment. Progent will use this information to produce a written Basic Security and Best Practices Report detailing how to apply best practices for configuring and managing your security and backup systems.
Progentís Basic Security and Best Practices Report focuses on key issues associated with prevention (Security) and recovery (Backups). The review addresses:
- Correct use of administration accounts
- Correct NTFS and SMB permissions
- Optimal firewall settings
- AntiVirus and configuration
The interview process included with the ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report service takes about one hour for a typical small business network and longer for larger or more complex environments. The written report includes recommendations for improving your ability to ward off or recover from a ransomware attack, and Progent can provide as-needed expertise to help you and your IT staff create a cost-effective security/backup solution tailored to your business needs.
- Split permission model for backup protection
- Backing up required servers (AD)
- Offsite backups including cloud backup to Azure
Ransomware is a form of malware that either encrypts files so they are unreadable or deletes them altogether. Ransomware often locks the victim's computer so it is unusable. To reverse the damage, the victim is required to pay a specified amount of money (the ransom), typically via a crypto currency like Bitcoin, within a short time window. There is no guarantee that paying the ransom will result in a recovery. Compromised or deleted files can extend throughout a network depending on the victim's write permissions, and the military-grade encryption algorithm used on the hostage files cannot be broken. The most common ransomware attack vector is spoofed email, which the user is lured into opening by a social engineering technique known as spear phishing. This makes the email look as though it came from a trusted sender.
CryptoLocker opened the modern era of ransomware in 2013, and the damage caused by ransomware variants is estimated at billions of dollars annually, more than doubling every two years. Notorious recent threats include WannaCry/WannaCrypt, Locky, Cerber, NotPetya and Spora. Current high-profile threats like Ryuk, Hermes, and MongoLock are more elaborate and have caused more havoc. Because new variants of ransomware crop up daily, there is no guarantee that conventional signature-matching anit-virus tools will block the latest attack. If an attack does show up in an email, it is critical that your users have been educated to be wary of social engineering tricks. Your last line of defense is a solid scheme for scheduling and retaining offsite backups plus the deployment of reliable recovery tools.
ProSight Managed Services Offered by Progent
Progent's ProSight network management suite is a family of affordable, subscription-based service packages that allow small and mid-size businesses to outsource crucial IT management functions. ProSight services that can help defend against or recover from ransomware attacks include email filtering, next-generation AV based on behavior analysis, automatic isolation of infected computers and immediate inoculation of safe devices, plus cloud-based backup with both granular and whole-site recovery.
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- ProSight Active Security Monitoring: Endpoint Protection and Ransomware Defense
Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring (ASM) is an endpoint protection solution that utilizes cutting edge behavior machine learning technology to defend physical and virtual endpoints against new malware attacks such as ransomware and email phishing, which easily evade legacy signature-based AV products. ProSight ASM safeguards on-premises and cloud-based resources and offers a single platform to manage the complete malware attack progression including blocking, identification, containment, cleanup, and forensics. Top features include single-click rollback using Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service and real-time network-wide immunization against newly discovered attacks. Learn more about Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring next-generation endpoint protection and ransomware defense.
- ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP): Endpoint Protection and Exchange Email Filtering
Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection services deliver ultra-affordable multi-layer protection for physical servers and virtual machines, desktops, mobile devices, and Exchange Server. ProSight ESP uses adaptive security and advanced machine learning for continuously monitoring and reacting to security threats from all vectors. ProSight ESP provides two-way firewall protection, penetration alerts, device management, and web filtering through cutting-edge tools incorporated within one agent accessible from a unified control. Progent's security and virtualization experts can assist your business to plan and configure a ProSight ESP deployment that meets your organization's unique requirements and that helps you demonstrate compliance with government and industry data security standards. Progent will assist you specify and implement security policies that ProSight ESP will enforce, and Progent will monitor your network and respond to alerts that require urgent action. Progent can also assist your company to set up and verify a backup and disaster recovery system such as ProSight Data Protection Services so you can recover quickly from a potentially disastrous security attack such as ransomware. Read more about Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection unified physical and virtual endpoint security and Microsoft Exchange filtering.
- ProSight Data Protection Services: Managed Backup and Disaster Recovery
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized organizations an affordable and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a fixed monthly cost, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup activities and enables rapid restoration of critical files, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or damaged due to component failures, software glitches, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images/, plus Hyper-V and VMware images/. Critical data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can deliver world-class expertise to set up ProSight DPS to to comply with regulatory standards such as HIPPA, FIRPA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can assist you to recover your critical data. Learn more about ProSight DPS Managed Cloud Backup and Recovery.
- ProSight Email Guard: Inbound and Outbound Spam Filtering and Data Leakage Protection
ProSight Email Guard is Progent's spam filtering and email encryption service that incorporates the infrastructure of top data security companies to provide web-based management and world-class protection for all your email traffic. The powerful structure of Progent's Email Guard integrates cloud-based filtering with an on-premises gateway device to offer complete defense against spam, viruses, Dos Attacks, DHAs, and other email-based threats. The Cloud Protection Layer acts as a first line of defense and blocks the vast majority of unwanted email from making it to your security perimeter. This decreases your exposure to external threats and conserves network bandwidth and storage space. Email Guard's onsite gateway device provides a further layer of analysis for inbound email. For outbound email, the local security gateway provides AV and anti-spam filtering, policy-based Data Loss Prevention, and email encryption. The onsite security gateway can also help Microsoft Exchange Server to monitor and safeguard internal email that stays inside your security perimeter. For more details, visit ProSight Email Guard spam filtering and data leakage protection.
- ProSight WAN Watch: Infrastructure Management
Progentís ProSight WAN Watch is an infrastructure management service that makes it simple and affordable for small and mid-sized businesses to diagram, track, enhance and debug their networking hardware like routers, firewalls, and wireless controllers as well as servers, endpoints and other devices. Using cutting-edge RMM technology, ProSight WAN Watch ensures that network diagrams are always current, copies and manages the configuration of almost all devices on your network, monitors performance, and sends notices when issues are discovered. By automating time-consuming management activities, ProSight WAN Watch can knock hours off common chores such as network mapping, expanding your network, locating appliances that require critical updates, or identifying the cause of performance problems. Learn more details about ProSight WAN Watch network infrastructure monitoring and management consulting.
- ProSight LAN Watch: Server and Desktop Monitoring
ProSight LAN Watch is Progentís server and desktop remote monitoring managed service that uses state-of-the-art remote monitoring and management (RMM) technology to help keep your IT system operating at peak levels by tracking the state of vital assets that power your business network. When ProSight LAN Watch uncovers a problem, an alarm is sent automatically to your specified IT staff and your Progent consultant so that any potential problems can be addressed before they have a chance to impact productivity. Find out more details about ProSight LAN Watch server and desktop monitoring services.
- ProSight Virtual Hosting: Hosted Virtual Machines at Progent's Tier III Data Center
With ProSight Virtual Hosting service, a small or mid-size business can have its key servers and apps hosted in a secure Tier III data center on a fast virtual machine host configured and managed by Progent's IT support experts. With the ProSight Virtual Hosting model, the customer owns the data, the OS software, and the apps. Since the system is virtualized, it can be ported immediately to a different hardware solution without a time-consuming and technically risky reinstallation process. With ProSight Virtual Hosting, your business is not locked into one hosting service. Learn more details about ProSight Virtual Hosting services.
- ProSight IT Asset Management: Network Documentation Management
ProSight IT Asset Management service is a cloud-based IT documentation management service that allows you to create, maintain, retrieve and protect information about your network infrastructure, processes, business apps, and services. You can quickly locate passwords or serial numbers and be warned about upcoming expirations of SSLs ,domains or warranties. By cleaning up and organizing your network documentation, you can eliminate as much as 50% of time wasted trying to find vital information about your network. ProSight IT Asset Management features a common repository for holding and collaborating on all documents required for managing your business network such as standard operating procedures and self-service instructions. ProSight IT Asset Management also supports a high level of automation for collecting and relating IT information. Whether youíre planning enhancements, performing maintenance, or responding to an emergency, ProSight IT Asset Management delivers the data you require as soon as you need it. Read more about Progent's ProSight IT Asset Management service.
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ProSight Network Audits
Progent's ProSight Network Audits offer a quick and affordable way for small and medium-size organizations to get an unbiased assessment of the overall health of their IT system. Powered by some of the top remote monitoring and management tools available, and overseen by Progent's certified group of information technology experts, ProSight Network Audits help you see how closely the deployment of your essential network assets conform to industry leading practices. The Basic and Advanced versions of ProSight Network Audit services are available at a budget-friendly, one-time cost and provide immediate ROI such as a more manageable Active Directory (AD) environment. Both also include one year of cutting-edge remote network monitoring and management. Advantages can include simpler network management, improved compliance with government and industry security standards, higher utilization of network assets, faster troubleshooting, more reliable backup and recovery, and increased uptime. Read more information about ProSight Network Audits IT infrastructure assessment.
Contact Progent to Find Out More about Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report Service
For pricing information and to learn more about how Progent's ProSight Ransomware Preparedness Report can reduce your vulnerability to ransomware, call Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.