How confident are you that your network could withstand a cyberattack? More than 75% of business executives say they are more concerned about cybersecurity threats this year than in the past 12 months. In fact, 79% of business executives said they detected a security incident in the past 12 months.
The most chilling type of attack is ransomware, and it’s on the rise. Here’s what you need to know.
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What is ransomware?
A ransomware intrusion begins innocently with an email sent to one of your users. They open it and click on an attachment or URL that seems legitimate but that actually contains malicious software. That initiates an infection that encrypts files on local drives, attached drives, backup drives and other devices it is attached to. You may not know about the attack until an image pops up on a device demanding a ransom payment in exchange for a decryption key. Payment in bitcoins is usually required to retain anonymity of the attacker.
What are the latest forms of ransomware?
New and dangerous ransomware versions don’t utilize emails at all. According to FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director James Trainor, “These criminals have evolved over time and now bypass the need for an individual to click on a link. They do this by seeding legitimate websites with malicious code, taking advantage of unpatched software on end-user computers.”
What can ransomware infect?
Attacks can target your hardware, system firmware, virtual machines, networked printers, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. At risk are:
- Employee, vendor and client data
- Logins and passwords
- Intellectual property (R&D institutions)
- Bank & investment accounts (financial institutions)
- Medical records (healthcare institutions)
- Student and faculty records (educational institutions)
- Tax, veteran, social security records (government institutions)
What is the best defense against ransomware?
ITsavvy promotes a layered approach to cybersecurity. Here’s what we recommend:
Email protection. Cryptolocker is often spread through spam emails that your users click on. Install spam and malware email filters to prevent infected mail and documents from reaching users. Establish a robust password strategy, too. A hosted email provider is the best protection, delivering automatic updates as new threats appear.
Endpoint security. Improve vulnerability against outside threats with more active endpoint vigilance. A strong endpoint strategy is one of your best defenses.
Next generation firewalls. Enforce security policies at the application level, block unauthorized access to your data, and prevent hackers from intercepting data or installing Trojan applications on user devices.
Backups. Backup more than just your files. Ransomware infections require server rebuilds, so being able to perform “bare metal” image level backups is essential to the restoration process. Equally important is the ability to spin up Virtual Machines in place of your infected servers to keep your employees productive while the incident is remediated.
Backup redundancy. Be sure you have more than one copy of your backups and store them in more than one location. ITsavvy is one of an elite group of IT providers who can offer local backup with replication in the cloud for more robust backup and faster recovery.
Privilege limitations. Audit who can access what data, with privilege policies for employees, clients and vendors. A good strategy is to store your business-critical data on a dedicated server that can’t be accessed by third parties.
Threat intelligence. Are you worried that you are already under attack? State-of-the-art threat intelligence can include threat hunting, threat monitoring and threat forensics. A vulnerability assessment will identify gaps in endpoints. A penetration test will simulate a hacker and show what data is most at risk. Once an attack is known, a cybersecurity team will go in to remediate.
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