Ransomware outbreaks are rampant and once you're a victim, it means the bad guys already have your data. So, the obvious first question is how to not be a victim. The second is, if it's too late and you've suffered a ransomware hack, how do you prevent the attackers from using it maliciously?
This guide is a collection of expert analysis and advice on the current state of the ransomware threat and what infosec pros can do in the event their company suffers a ransomware hack.
Ransomware outbreaks are growing rampant
Recent ransomware outbreaks have been notable for their "nastiness," as one set of researchers put it recently. Learn exactly what you're up against by reading this collection of articles. As Sun Tzu said in his book “The Art of War,” it's essential to know your enemy.
Victims of the major ransomware hack known as NotPetya find that -- unlike with other ransomware -- their files are impossible to restore. Continue Reading
NotPetya, the "nastiest" ransomware attack of 2017, and other similar ransomware hacks, have caused unprecedented damage to businesses, infrastructure and users, say threat researchers. Continue Reading
A bogus Adobe Flash update ransomware attack similar to WannaCry and NotPeya hit organizations in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria and Germany. Continue Reading
According to threat researchers, the Bad Rabbit ransomware that began to spread through Russia and Ukraine in late 2017 is based on infrastructure and initial compromises that began in early 2016 and resembles NotPetya ransomware in striking ways. Continue Reading
How ransomware hackers manipulate end users
A major factor in the spread of ransomware is the use of innocent end users to spread the virus. Learn how hackers widen ransomware outbreaks via social engineering techniques and discover what infosecs can do to stem them.
What security controls best ensure a safe working environment? Expecting employees to be the first line of cyberdefense isn't realistic or fair. Continue Reading
How far will attackers go to plan social engineering attacks? Nick Lewis explains the progression of threats and how it's changing the way we monitor social media. Continue Reading
Social engineering is a digital sleight of hand used in a variety of cyber scams like phishing, watering hole attacks and scareware. Continue Reading
Social engineering emails regularly target customer service staff, lead to the spread of malware. Expert Nick Lewis explains how to identify and prevent these attacks. Continue Reading
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How to fortify against a ransomware outbreak
Ransomware outbreaks can be scary, but they don't mean your systems are defenseless. Learn what tools exist to prevent a ransomware attack -- you may discover you have tools already on hand that are effective against ransomware as well as the threat they were originally purchased for. If the worst happens and you suffer a ransomware hack, there are still solutions for lessening the impact; what's important is that you plan now.
Planning ahead is essential to ensure protection against ransomware. Set up your business continuity and disaster recovery plan and save your business money and time in the event of an attack. Continue Reading
Researchers created WannaCry decryptor tools after that ransomware's outbreak. Expert Matthew Pascucci explains how they work -- and if they work on other strains of ransomware. Continue Reading
Learn what you'll need if ransomware strikes and you must launch a recovery effort. Expert Judith Myerson looks at the latest NIST recommendations for enterprises. Continue Reading
Ransomware outbreaks can even enter the cloud
It's unfortunate but true: Moving your most valuable data to the cloud doesn't necessarily protect it if your company suffers a ransomware hack. Learn what ransomware can do in the cloud, and what infosec pros can do about that.
Done right, data protection -- such as cloud-based disaster recovery -- is the best countermeasure organizations have to counter ransomware hacks. Continue Reading
Ransomware that targets cloud services is one of the biggest cyber threats organizations will face in 2018, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Continue Reading
Storing data in the cloud doesn't always protect you from an outbreak of ransomware. Expert Rob Shapland examines how the cloud helps and hurts when it comes to ransomware attacks. Continue Reading