The best way to anticipate an attack is to consider how a hacker would do it.
There is a plethora of potential attack surfaces, and you must stay on top of each one of these – and more! Once you’ve considered carefully where your network might be vulnerable, set up protections or deploy patches to strengthen these areas of the network.
Educate your IT staff on what to do if they detect threats or attacks to ensure no one panics, and everyone knows their specific role. Seconds count when a ransomware attack is detected. Deploying protections and fortifying data is critical, and an unprepared team will miss steps that could make your recovery easier.
Creating a good threat detection plan involves 5 easy steps:
A good threat detection plan is complemented by an excellent continuous threat detection solution. A combination of the right tools, in the right hands, makes detection of malicious activity much easier.
Your threat detection tools and solutions should let you set threat hunting policies to run in the background, automatically all the time. Solutions like Sangfor’s Cyber Command are the solution of choice for 24/7 network protection. Deploying the right solution means being able to offload IT staff and administrators and deploy them more effectively by using automated and reliable protection.
You can learn more about Cyber Threat Hunting Tools, Techniques & Solutions in this blog article. We have discussed on open source tools such as Snort, Suricata and Zeek and paid tools such as Sangfor's Cyber Command.
68% of IT professionals surveyed by Ponemon in 2020 said the number of attacks on endpoints has increased. That’s pretty significant, and yet understandable, as mobile phone usage has surpassed PC usage in recent years. There are simply so many endpoints to exploit, attackers can take their pick. You must ensure that every device and endpoint is protected and monitored continuously – no small task. Many businesses choose to implement new technology to take control of endpoints. Look for endpoint protection solutions that can be integrated with other security solutions – meaningless (or no) downtime and more automated security capabilities.
The dangers of phishing are real! A successful phishing attack can result in lost data and financial loss. In fact, 60% of successful phishing attacks result in lost data! Data is the new oil and gets sold for big money on the dark web. Educate your employees on the importance of cyber security. Remind people of the possibility of the organization grinding to a halt or even going out of business if unknowingly enabling a ransomware attack – and make sure they take the training seriously!
Did you know that in 2021, APT attacks were on the decline, due to the pandemic? Hacking rings were forced to shift over to ransomware to continue making money. A new trend from 2020 is the side-sale of stolen information or what is now called “double extortion” when a company refuses to pay a ransom. 2021 saw a decrease in direct attacks against personal users – as it’s simply not as profitable. Instead, personal users are now targeted for ransom to prevent their information stolen during a ransomware attack from being posted; that is called quadruple ransom. From a single attack, hackers can extort money several ways including from collateral bystanders. It’s important to keep up to date on the latest cyber-attack trends, and tailor your security to protect against the most clear and present dangers.
For truly ninja warrior-like threat hunting and security skills, many choose to deploy a solution like Sangfor’s Cyber Command. It provides the critical threat detection and response required to identify and classify threats to the network and applications in real-time and protect the network from ransomware with advanced capabilities like:
It’s important to keep in mind no matter the size of an organization, big or small, a single ransomware attack can lose jobs or bankrupt a business, and no one wants that to happen. Security company Cybereason found that 25 percent of organizations hit by a ransomware attack were forced to close. In addition, 29 percent were forced to eliminate jobs. Take a moment to consider how secure you feel from malware and ransomware attacks – and then go back and look at everything again! Why? Because 80% or organizations that suffered a ransomware attack experienced a reinfection within 12 months.
Contact a friendly Sangfor representative today for more information on how to protect yourself and your business from ransomware, and let Sangfor make your IT simpler, more secure, and valuable.