One in 40 businesses is affected by a ransomware attack every week and healthcare, education and government organizations face the biggest problem!
Ransomware is a type of malware that threatens to destroy or withhold a victim’s data unless the victim pays a ransom. Ransomware was named the top threat type, with attacks increasing more than 140% in 2021. (Source: SonicWall)
Stages of a ransomware attack
Stage 1 – Campaign
- Exploitation of web servers
- Sending malicious emails
- Social engineering
Stage 2 – Infection
- Spear-phishing emails
- malicious emails
- remote desktop tools
- Exploitation of vulnerabilities
Stage 3: Data encryption
- System file scanning and encryption
- Substitution of originals by encrypted versions
- Locking files with a controlled key
- Backup and snapshot deletion
Stage 4 – Redemption / Payday
- Dropping a ransom note
- Request payment statements
- Decrypt the files and free the system
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Detection of a ransomware attack
Detecting a Ransomware attack goes beyond old-school tactics.
- invest in advanced email security
- prioritize vulnerability management
- Final Security Post & supervision
- Terminal management and device management
- Network monitoring (siem)
- ransomware awareness
- anti virus tools
Effective protection against ransomware attacks goes beyond old-school antivirus and tactics, as it involves a combination of cybersecurity awareness, technology, and expert help.
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