Ransomware can bring your business operations to a halt – encrypting sensitive data and forcing you to pay the attacker to regain access.
Keeping your organization safe requires a fundamental shift toward prevention and away from simply detecting and requiring remediation after infection. The right architecture can make prevention real; you can use this checklist to implement a true prevention-based platform:
Gain full visibility and block unknown traffic
Identify all traffic on the network and block the unknown, potentially high-risk traffic.
Enforce application- and user-based controls
Restrict access to SaaS-based tools for employees who have no business purpose for using them.
Block all dangerous file types
Not all file types are malicious, but those known to present higher risk, or associated with recent attacks, can be controlled.
Implement an endpoint policy aligned to risk
Enforce policies that restrict non-compliant endpoints from connecting to critical network resources.
Stop known exploits, malware, and command-and-control traffic
Blocking known threats raises the cost of an attack and ultimately reduces the likelihood of an attacker attempting a breach.
Block access to malicious and phishing URLs
Prevent users from inadvertently downloading a payload or having their credentials stolen by blocking known malicious and phishing URLs.
Scan for known malware on SaaS-based applications
SaaS-based applications represent a new path for malware delivery and must be properly secured.
Block known malware and exploits on the endpoint
Endpoints are common targets for attacks. Ensure you are keeping your endpoints secure by blocking any known malware or exploits.
Detect and analyze unknown threats in files and URLs
As new files are submitted, detonate, analyze and look for malicious behavior.
Update the protections across the organization and prevent previously unknown threats
Automatically push protections down to different parts of the organization’s security infrastructure.
Add context to threats and create proactive protections and mitigation
In order to develop protections, context is necessary to better understand the attacker, the malware, and the indicators of compromise.
Block unknown malware and exploits on the endpoint
Once unknown threats or trends of suspicious behavior have been identified and blocked, block unknown malware and exploits on the endpoint.