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.
Read or Download Progent's White Paper: 10 Benefits of Managed IT Services
- ProSight Active Security Monitoring: Endpoint Protection and Ransomware Defense
Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring is an endpoint protection service that incorporates next generation behavior analysis technology to defend physical and virtual endpoint devices against new malware attacks such as ransomware and email phishing, which easily get by legacy signature-based anti-virus products. ProSight ASM protects local and cloud resources and offers a unified platform to manage the complete malware attack progression including protection, identification, mitigation, remediation, and forensics. Key capabilities include one-click rollback using Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service and real-time system-wide immunization against newly discovered attacks. Read more about Progent's ProSight Active Security Monitoring next-generation endpoint protection and ransomware defense.
- ProSight Enhanced Security Protection (ESP): Endpoint Security and Microsoft Exchange Email Filtering
Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection managed services offer ultra-affordable in-depth security for physical servers and virtual machines, desktops, mobile devices, and Microsoft Exchange. ProSight ESP utilizes contextual security and advanced machine learning for continuously monitoring and reacting to cyber assaults from all attack vectors. ProSight ESP offers firewall protection, penetration alarms, endpoint management, and web filtering via leading-edge tools incorporated within one agent managed from a single console. Progent's security and virtualization consultants can help you to plan and configure a ProSight ESP environment that meets your company's unique needs and that helps you demonstrate compliance with legal and industry information protection standards. Progent will assist you define and configure security policies that ProSight ESP will manage, and Progent will monitor your network and respond to alarms that require immediate attention. Progent's consultants can also help you to install and test a backup and disaster recovery solution like ProSight Data Protection Services so you can get back in business rapidly from a potentially disastrous cyber attack like ransomware. Learn more about Progent's ProSight Enhanced Security Protection unified endpoint security and Microsoft Exchange email filtering.
- ProSight Data Protection Services: Managed Backup and Recovery
ProSight Data Protection Services offer small and mid-sized organizations a low cost end-to-end service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly rate, ProSight DPS automates and monitors your backup processes and enables rapid recovery of vital files, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or corrupted due to component failures, software glitches, natural disasters, human error, or malware attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services can help you protect, recover and restore files, folders, apps, system images/, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware virtual machine images/. Important data can be backed up on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or mirrored to both. Progent's BDR specialists can provide advanced support to configure ProSight Data Protection Services to to comply with government and industry regulatory standards like HIPPA, FINRA, PCI and Safe Harbor and, when necessary, can assist you to restore 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 service that incorporates the infrastructure of top data security companies to provide web-based management and world-class security for your inbound and outbound email. The hybrid architecture of Email Guard combines cloud-based filtering with a local gateway appliance to provide complete defense against spam, viruses, Dos Attacks, DHAs, and other email-borne threats. The Cloud Protection Layer acts as a preliminary barricade and keeps the vast majority of threats from reaching your security perimeter. This decreases your exposure to inbound threats and conserves system bandwidth and storage space. Email Guard's onsite security gateway device provides a further layer of analysis for inbound email. For outgoing email, the local gateway offers anti-virus and anti-spam protection, protection against data leaks, and email encryption. The onsite security gateway can also assist Microsoft Exchange Server to monitor and protect internal email traffic that originates and ends within your corporate firewall. For more information, visit ProSight Email Guard spam and content filtering.
- ProSight WAN Watch: Infrastructure Management
Progentís ProSight WAN Watch is an infrastructure management service that makes it simple and inexpensive for small and mid-sized businesses to map, monitor, enhance and troubleshoot their networking hardware such as routers and switches, firewalls, and load balancers as well as servers, endpoints and other devices. Incorporating cutting-edge Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) technology, WAN Watch makes sure that infrastructure topology maps are kept current, copies and manages the configuration information of virtually all devices on your network, monitors performance, and sends notices when potential issues are discovered. By automating complex management processes, WAN Watch can knock hours off ordinary tasks such as network mapping, reconfiguring your network, finding devices that need critical software patches, or isolating performance issues. Learn more details about ProSight WAN Watch network infrastructure monitoring and management services.
- ProSight LAN Watch: Server and Desktop Monitoring
ProSight LAN Watch is Progentís server and desktop monitoring managed service that uses advanced remote monitoring and management techniques to keep your network running efficiently by tracking the health of vital computers that power your business network. When ProSight LAN Watch detects a problem, an alert is transmitted automatically to your designated IT personnel and your assigned Progent consultant so all looming problems can be addressed before they can disrupt productivity. Find out more about ProSight LAN Watch server and desktop remote monitoring consulting.
- ProSight Virtual Hosting: Hosted Virtual Machines at Progent's World-class Data Center
With ProSight Virtual Hosting service, a small or mid-size organization can have its critical servers and applications hosted in a secure Tier III data center on a high-performance virtual machine host set up and maintained by Progent's IT support experts. With the ProSight Virtual Hosting model, the customer retains ownership of the data, the operating system software, and the apps. Since the system is virtualized, it can be moved easily to a different hardware environment without requiring a lengthy and difficult reinstallation procedure. With ProSight Virtual Hosting, your business is not tied one hosting provider. Learn more details about ProSight Virtual Hosting services.
- ProSight IT Asset Management: Network Documentation Management
ProSight IT Asset Management service is an IT infrastructure documentation management service that allows you to capture, update, retrieve and safeguard data about your IT infrastructure, processes, applications, and services. You can instantly find passwords or IP addresses and be alerted about upcoming expirations of SSL certificates or warranties. By updating and managing your IT documentation, you can eliminate as much as 50% of time spent searching for critical information about your network. ProSight IT Asset Management features a centralized location for storing and sharing all documents related to managing your network infrastructure like standard operating procedures (SOPs) and How-To's. ProSight IT Asset Management also offers a high level of automation for collecting and relating IT information. Whether youíre making improvements, doing maintenance, or reacting to a crisis, ProSight IT Asset Management gets you the knowledge you need the instant you need it. Learn more about Progent's ProSight IT Asset Management service.
To download a white paper describing why managed services are rapidly takingthe place of the old break/fix model of IT support outsourcing for small and mid-size businesses, click:
10 Benefits of Managed IT Services. (PDF - 710 KB)
ProSight Network Audits
Progent's ProSight Network Audits are a quick and low-cost way for small and mid-size organizations to get an objective evaluation of the health of their information system. Based on a selection of the leading remote monitoring and management tools in the industry, and overseen by Progent's world-class team of IT experts, ProSight Network Audits help you see how well the configuration of your essential network assets adhere to industry leading practices. The Basic and Advanced options for ProSight Network Audit services are offered at a low, one-time cost and deliver immediate benefits like a cleaner Active Directory (AD) system. Both versions also include a year of advanced remote network monitoring and management (RMM). Benefits can include simpler network management, improved compliance with government and industry security regulations, more efficient utilization of network assets, quicker troubleshooting, more dependable backup and recovery, and less downtime. See more about ProSight Network Audits network 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.