Ransomware: Defense, Response and Protection

The ransomware fight is just getting dirtier and dirtier. Ransomware is now being sold as a service, over $209 million in damages has been reported for Q1 (FBI) - the list goes on… Ransomware used to mainly just target end-users. Now, attackers mostly target larger victims such as businesses and corporations because the payout is usually much higher.

Perpetrators found ransomware to be the perfect, malicious moneymaking scheme. Mid to large sized companies have become the usual target of ransomware because there is an increased chance that they will spend money to get their files back.

A security researcher at Kaspersky Labs, Santiago Pontiroli, says, "They are actively targeting midsize to large companies because they know the ransom can be much higher. Some companies are bound by local laws, so if they lose [the compromised] information they need a forensic investigation."

While ransomware is found to be disruptive, it’s not unstoppable. Actively making an effort to prevent attacks, maintaining current backups and knowing how to handle a situation in the event of an attack are 3 valuable points to follow. Reevert is a solution to protect your data against ransomware attacks. Reevert will help you maintain current backups in one hour increments and will let you perform restores or file system rollbacks in case of an infestation.

Naturally, defense should be where your mind first goes. Senior threat researcher for Cisco’s Talos group says, "Do you want to be monitoring your email? Yes. Do you want to keep your users from going to any malicious sites? Yes. It is that multifaceted approach to protecting your business that is going to make a big difference."

Preventative measures can strengthen your security system but your response plan plays an equally important role in recovery. Having a good backup system is much like having a good insurance policy: you may not think you need it, but when you do, you’ll be glad you have it. Minimizing downtime during crisis will benefit you in any event, not just during a ransomware attack. reevert is designed with a quick and efficient restoration process in mind; take a look at our features and benefits page for more information. reevert takes hourly, daily, weekly and monthly snapshots of your data, which you can restore in just a matter of minutes. Who wouldn’t want to reduce the amount of downtime and lost data?

If you haven’t already, download your free trial of reevert now and take the first step to protect your data.

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