Much to the frustration of security professionals everywhere, ransomware continues to be one of the most pervasive threats facing businesses and organizations around the world. To the delight of cyber criminals, ransomware remains a reliable business model. Outdated technology and poor cybersecurity hygiene enable attackers to spread ransomware quickly and effectively. As a tool, ransomware can be leveraged by attackers regardless of their motivations, whether financial, political, or ideological. Even more, the barriers to deploying ransomware are lower than ever while profits from holding data hostage continue to rise. According to a recent study by Google, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and others, ransomware victims have paid out $25 million in ransoms over the last two years. Ransomware is here to stay. Download the Unit 42 report to learn about the rise of the ransomware business model, how adversaries are refining and improving their tactics, and what you can do to better defend your organization against them.

 

 

Three Key Steps to Protect Against Ransomware

If you receive an alert that an infection has occurred, it is likely already too late. So, the way to stop a potential ransomware infection is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. 

If you follow these three steps, your organization can avoid having to pay attackers to free your data:

Preparation

  • Having a solid backup and recovery strategy in place is the key to recovery if the worst were to happen.

Prevention

  • Segment your network, control access, stop known malware, and quickly detect and prevent unknown malware as it arises. 

Response

  • Understand the latest ransomware families and campaigns. Have a plan in place for engaging law enforcement agencies.

Ransomware has been around for nearly 30 years but it remains one of the biggest business disruptors today. Why is ransomware still such a big problem for organizations? Unit 42 discusses why the ransomware industry continues to thrive.