Posted On: July 09, 2019
Ransomware is a type of malware that threat actors use to infect computers and encrypt computer files until a ransom is paid. After the initial infection, ransomware will attempt to spread to as many connected systems as possible, including file systems and other accessible systems on a business’s network.
To avoid becoming a Ransomware victim, businesses should take actions that include putting security processes in place to ensure your IT environment is fully protected. Leveraging the Center for Internet Security’s (CIS) Critical Security Controls (CSC) is a solid place to start. These same security processes will help protect your critical business environment from malware, which accounts for nearly 30% of all breaches, according to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report. In addition, the evaluation portion of the CSC is included with OneNeck’s virtual CISO (vCISO) service.
Typically, the initiating step of a security breach is attributed to end users, where they have visited a malicious web site or acted unknowingly on a malicious email. There are several key security processes that can mitigate this initiating event:
If the malware is successful in taking hold in your IT environment, there are several defenses that can help prevent the malware from evolving into a full-scale ransomware event:
If the bad actor has taken hold, it’s not good—but all is NOT lost. While it’s likely the bad actor has gained access to a privileged account in the environment and your critical data is at risk, at this point, you can still minimize the impact.
Typically, there are several events that happen over the course of days, weeks or months that ultimately result in a ransomware attack. While there are a wide number of variants for ransomware, most events follow the path laid out above. Every step in the process could be identified and addressed. It can be a long journey, but you don’t have to go it alone. Through partnership with OneNeck’s vCISO service, the CSC will be leveraged to help assure your IT environment is protected.
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