Ransomware, specifically cryptographic ransomware, has quickly become one of the greatest cyber threats facing organizations around the world. This criminal business model has proven to be highly effective in generating revenue for cyber criminals in addition to causing significant operational impact to affected organizations. It is largely victim agnostic, spanning across the globe and affecting all major industry verticals. Small organizations, large enterprises, individual home users – everyone is a potential target.

Ransomware has existed in various forms for decades, but in the last several years criminals have perfected the key components of these attacks. This has led to an explosion of new malware families and has drawn new actors into participating in these lucrative schemes.

  • The financial impact of ransomware is enormous. Estimates vary, but the total costs are likely to be in the excess of billions of dollars.
  • Ransomware is one of the few criminal business models where the same attack could harm a fortune 500 company, a local restaurant down the street and your grandmother.
  • Defending against ransomware attacks is similar to other malware, but well prepared organizations stand a much better chance at limiting the harm they cause.
  • The cryptocurrency Bitcoin has provided a payment mechanism which is fueling the success of this scheme. The payment mechanisms early forms of ransomware relied on have been shut down or forced to regulate their payments, but Bitcoin has no central authority which law enforcement can take action against.
  • Thus far, ransomware attacks have primarily targeted Windows based systems, but attackers have begun branching out to target other platforms.
  • Until organizations around the world adopt a prevention mind-set and stop paying ransoms to retrieve their data, this criminal scheme will continue to threaten all Internet connected devices.

     

     


 

Traps: Advanced Endpoint Protection

Palo Alto Networks Advanced Endpoint Protection represents a complete paradigm shift from identification to pure prevention. Providing comprehensive exploit and malware prevention that is not designed to identify; instead, it prevents an attack before the malware can be successful.

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Traps Advanced Endpoint Protection Technology Overview

Most organizations deploy a number of security products to protect their endpoints, including one or more traditional antivirus solutions. Nevertheless, cyber breaches continue to increase in frequency, variety and sophistication. Faced with the rapidly changing threat landscape, current endpoint security solutions and antivirus can no longer prevent security breaches on the endpoint. Palo Alto Networks® Traps™ advanced endpoint protection replaces traditional antivirus with a unique combination of the most effective, purpose-built, malware and exploit prevention methods that pre-emptively block known and unknown threats from compromising a system.

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SilverTerrier: The Rise of Nigerian Business Email Compromise

Through our analysis, it remains clear that Nigerian cyber actors will continue to expand their attacks in terms of size, scope and capabilities. According to law enforcement organizations, the exposed losses to businesses worldwide from these threat actors are now estimated to be more than US$3 billion. Given the substantial risk these actors pose, we present techniques to enable large-scale attribution efforts to combat this threat. In doing so, we demonstrate a repeatable and sustainable process to identify SilverTerrier infrastructure and put preventive measures in place prior to the first samples of malware reaching our security products.

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Protect Yourself From Antivirus

Traditional antivirus is not the solution to preventing endpoint breaches—it’s the problem. If you’re still using antivirus you are leaving your organization vulnerable to malicious attack.

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2018 NSS Labs Advanced Endpoint Protection Report

Palo Alto Networks advanced endpoint protect Traps achieved the rating of “Recommend” in the 2018 NSS Labs Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP) Test. This test aims to determine how effectively the AEP product can protect against a threat, regardless of the infection vector or method of obfuscation. The AEP test evaluated several vendors ability to detect, prevent, continuously monitor and take action against malware, exploits, evasions and blended threats.

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Health Check and Configuration Audit

The Palo Alto Networks Certified Professional Services Program (CPSP) enables and promotes qualified partners who have demonstrated professional services capabilities and expertise.

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