Prevent Ransomware Attacks

Prevent Ransomware Attacks

Data security and access management solutions to mitigate ransomware attacks 

Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware, in a nutshell, is a vicious type of malware that cybercriminals use to block access to your entire system or specific sensitive files/databases, until you or your company pays a ransom. It is a form of cyber extortion. Some victims get two ransom notes. One ransom payment to prevent cybercriminals from disclosing the sensitive data they have stolen before encrypting it. The second ransom payment to get cybercriminals to hand over the decryption key, for the victim to gain back access to their data. This is a form of double extortion.

Ransomware gangs have targeted critical infrastructure, meat processing plants, and massive supply chain attacks on Solarwinds more recently, which have led to data theft and forced shutdown of operations in large enterprises. Unfortunately, ransomware is a complex cybersecurity problem with no silver bullet to address this menace. 

Thankfully the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released guidance on identifying and protecting assets against ransomware. The Cybersecurity Special Publication (SP) 1800-25 lays out the steps to having a comprehensive strategy around protecting assets. 

NIST Cybersecurity Framework and Ransomware Guidance

America’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) under the auspices of NIST recently released its ransomware guidance to protect assets against ransomware attacks. Discover how the Thales data security and access management solutions map to the NIST cybersecurity framework and ransomware guidance

 

Protecting Your Front Door

Cybercriminals typically use Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to gain administrative access to the front door, using a brute-force method of trying various passwords (dictionary attack) or they can use stolen credentials purchased on the Dark Web. There are millions of computers with exposed RDP service online without any protection.

Implement Strong Authentication, Access and Identity Management

Thales’ SafeNet Trusted Access offers multi-factor authentication at all login entry points protecting enterprise IT, web, and cloud-based applications from internal and external threats at the front door. STA utilizes policy-based conditional access, rigorous single sign-on (SSO), multi-factor authentication (MFA), and universal authentication methods, which prevent breaches, simplifies regulatory compliance and enables enterprises to migrate securely to the cloud.

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Ransomware Protection with Access Management and Transparent Encryption

How Ransomware attacks leverage unprotected RDPs and what you can do about it

Ransomware attacks targeting enterprises in a variety of sectors have skyrocketed during the first half of 2020. Criminals are taking advantage of our reliance on digital communications and remote working for sinister purposes. As a result, most of the ransomware incidents can be attributed to a limited number of intrusion vectors, with the top three being badly secured remote desktop protocol (RDP) endpoints, email phishing, and the exploitation of zero-day VPN vulnerabilities.

 

Protecting Your Back Door

Cybercriminals typically use Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to gain administrative access to the front door, using a brute-force method of trying various passwords (dictionary attack) or they can use stolen credentials purchased on the Dark Web. There are millions of computers with exposed RDP service online without any protection.

Safeguard Data-at-Rest from Ransomware Attacks

CipherTrust Transparent Encryption is one of the widely deployed data protection products within the CipherTrust Data Security Platform. It provides application whitelisting, fine-grained access control and data-at-rest encryption, enabling organizations to prevent ransomware attacks at the back door. It protects both structured and unstructured data with policy-based access controls to files, volumes, databases, containers, big-data wherever it resides on-premises and in hybrid cloud environments.

Ransomware Attack Mitigation with CipherTrust Transparent Encryption

Prevent Ransomware Attacks from Disrupting Your Business with CipherTrust

Ransomware is a vicious type of malware that cybercriminals use to block companies and individuals from accessing their business critical files, databases, or entire computer systems, until the victim pays a ransom. It is a form of cyber extortion.

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that a business will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 11 seconds, and the estimated cost to businesses globally will be around $20 billion by 2021. The direct costs can be attributed to the ransom demands -- if the victim chooses to the pay the ransom -- while the indirect costs are associated with the downtime, data recovery, lost revenue, improvements to cyber defenses, and reputational damage to the company.

Other Thales Solutions

Sensitive Data Discovery and Classification

Identify and Classify Vulnerable Sensitive Data Across Hybrid IT

CipherTrust Data Discovery and Classification, part of the CipherTrust Data Security Platform locates regulated sensitive data, both structured and unstructured, across the cloud, big data, and traditional data stores.

Learn More About Sensitive Data Discovery and Classification

Data in motion

Protect Data In Transit with Thales High Speed Encryptors

Thales High Speed Encryptors offer the ideal certified and proven solution for data-in-motion security, including time-sensitive voice and video streams, for enterprise, and government organizations.

Learn More About Protecting Data in Motion

Preventing Ransomware Resources

Addressing the Growing Threat of Ransomware

Ransomware is experiencing global growth driven by “monetization by extortion”. Every sector is being affected, from healthcare to financial services and government. Check out the latest data on ransomware growth from the Thales Data Threat Report and learn about strategies for protection of sensitive data and access control to protect against ransomware and other advanced persistent threats.

Prevent Ransomware Attacks from Disrupting Your Business with CipherTrust

Ransomware is a vicious type of malware that cybercriminals use to block companies and individuals from accessing their business critical files, databases, or entire computer systems, until the victim pays a ransom. It is a form of cyber extortion.

How Ransomware attacks leverage unprotected RDPs and what you can do about it

Ransomware attacks targeting enterprises in a variety of sectors have skyrocketed during the first half of 2020.

How Ransomware Uses Unprotected Remote Desktop Protocols

As many companies have implemented work from home to adjust to the pandemic, unprotected remote desktop protocol (RDP) endpoints have been massively used as a key attack vector for ransomware attacks.

Leveraging SafeNet Trusted Access and CipherTrust Transparent Encryption to Prevent Ransomware

Combine SafeNet Trusted Access Identity and Access Management solution with CipherTrust Transparent Encryption to prevent Ransomware attacks, by protecting RDP and Windows logon access with MFA and eliminating privilege escalation with encryption and access controls.

NIST Cybersecurity Framework and Ransomware Guidance

Ransomware attacks have been a problem for years, but they have recently become a lot more damaging, with criminals targeting everything from critical infrastructure to hospitals and retailers, and demanding tens of millions of dollars in ransom.

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