Ransomware attacks around the globe have grown in sophistication since the first in 1989. Bad actors have grown more organized and competitive, operating in some ways like legitimate businesses offering a “service.” They have also become more extortionate in their threats and demands. These factors have made ransomware more profitable than ever before.
Our recent white paper provides ways your small or midsized organization can reduce the risk of ransomware victimization on your own, and makes the case for incorporating AI-enabled, intelligent MDR into your cybersecurity strategy.
Insufficient defenses against ransomware
Our white paper looks at why these popular defenses against ransomware are now inadequate:
- Signature-based tools
- Traditional security operations center (SOC)
- Outcome-based approaches
- Kernel-level fortification
Measures you can take on your own to harden your systems
Though there is no stopping the development of ransomware or its RaaS distribution method, there are ways you can protect yourself and mitigate risk. These steps do not require too much complex knowledge or experience to put into effect yourself:
- Correctly configure prevention technology
- Practice good security hygiene
- Create an incident response plan
- Ensure the plan is put into action with fire drills
- Implement software restriction policies
These efforts tend to pay off at the most critical moment: during a zero-day exploit’s last step of executing malicious exfiltration, encryption or destruction of data. Don’t wait until you’re already under attack — take proactive steps now, as detailed in our executive summary.