Ransomware Prevention, Preparation- & Recovery Services | Disaster Recovery
Are you a target for Ransomware?
The answer is yes. Everyone is a target for ransomware. Commercial businesses, government agencies, typical consumers, and even police departments. But some industries are targeted more often than others. For various reasons such as, they may not be able to tolerate much down time. While in other situations they would rather just pay the ransom rather than deal with the backlash of their breach being publicized. And they may include government agencies, medical clinics and hospitals and especially financial institutions such as banks and mortgage companies. The primary goal is to simply hold your data hostage until you pay a fee. The perpetrators may also threaten to publish your data online. Causing you or your business additional legal issues once your clients are made aware of the situation.
The next question you may be asking yourself is, how did this happen to me? But once your files are affected it doesn’t really matter. What matters is recovering from the situation as quickly as possible. With as little impact on your business as necessary.
There are a few particular areas of questions that should be answered at this point as well. And they are related to your particular business, the computer and network structure, the amount of employees the you employ, the type of security that you have in place and a few additional areas that we we can’t cover here.
What security services we provide and how we protect you and your business
We’ve been in business for well over a decade at this point. And our hands-on experience began back in the America Online (AOL) days of long ago. And in that time computer viruses have advanced at a geometric rate. And caused countless amounts of damage to both personal and commercial equipment. To counter their spread and damage we provide a large portfolio of computer security services to help protect your data. And those services include, but are definitely not limited to:
- Comprehensive Antivirus Software
- Policy Based Network Firewall Appliances and Software
- Endpoint Device Controls
- Intrusion Detection Systems
- Unauthorized Networked Device Detection
- Endpoint Detection and Response Services
- Extended Detection and Response Services
- Ransomware Recovery and Risk Mitigation
- Advanced Threat Controls
- Anti-Exploit Protection
- Content Control
- Comprehensive Incident Investigation Services
- Image Based Backups Of Endpoints and Servers
- Encrypted Offsite Backups with Backup Versioning
- Endpoint Metric Monitoring
- Endpoint Uptime Monitoring
Prepare Ahead of An Incident
It’s not a matter of if your business has to deal with a computer virus situation at this point in time, but when. Any computer network or device can be compromised. And that goes triple for equipment that you’re not keeping a close eye on. And to counter that the best strategy is to prepare ahead for such an incident. And that includes continuous employee education on security. To have a detailed and comprehensive Incident Response Plan in place. And also to have additional security measures in place that we provide.
Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. And we’ll discuss what you should have in place to secure your business.
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Types of ransomware and how they were and still are spread today
There are countless types of ransomware. But the most popular forms that are utilized today are crypto ransomware or crypto lockers. There are countless versions that have been modified over the years. And they include, but are note limited to the most common ones that you may see today such as the following.
First utilized in 2016 to send infected email attachments. And it infects more than 160 file types. Once encryption is complete the remaining files may have extensions of “*.locky. *.crypted. *.encryptedRSA”. The larger problem may lie in the fact that the perpetrators may have had access to a particular computer or network for some time. And with the right access they may upload your sensitive content to their servers online. And threaten to publish or sell that information if you don’t agree to pay what they demand.
WannaCry spread to more than 150 countries back in 2017. And it infected well over 230,000 computers worldwide. And was originally created by the National Security Agency in the United States.
Bad Rabbit spread back in 2017 via drive by downloads on insecure websites. In a drive by download attack a user visits a real website without any knowledge of the site being compromised at that particular time. All that is required of the user is to simply call up the infected webpage.
Ryuk is another encryption trojan that spread back in August 2018. And it disabled Windows System Restore to prevent the user from recovering any of their files easily without paying the ransom. It caused an estimated $640,000 in damages at that time.
Jigsaw attacks began back in 2016. It encrypted files as expected. But with each passing hour that the ransom wasn’t paid it would simply delete more files.
Cryptolocker was first identified back in 2007. And was spread by infected email attachments. It would perform a quick search of the computer files. And encrypt the files that it was designed to focus on. Home computers were utilized to spread this particular ransomware. And law enforcement agencies managed to seize control of the network eventually.