Attackers have traditionally profited by stealing identities or credit card numbers, and then selling them on underground markets. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, the price for stolen records has fallen, so cyber attackers are on the hunt for new ways to make a profit. Thanks to advances in attack distribution, anonymous payments, and the ability to reliably encrypt and decrypt data, ransomware is on a tear. For a deeper dive into ransomware, see the full Unit 42 report.

 

 

 

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.

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