Ransomware Protection

Businesses large and small are under threat from increasingly aggressive and brutal ransomware attacks. Loss of access to critical files, followed by a demand for payment can cause massive disruption to an organisation’s productivity.

More than 4,000 Ransomware attacks have occured every day since the beginning of 2016.

Ransomware is one of the most widespread and damaging threats that internet users face. Since the infamous CryptoLocker first appeared in 2013, we’ve seen a new era of file-encrypting ransomware variants delivered through spam messages and Exploit Kits, extorting money from home users and businesses alike.

Why are Ransomware attacks so successful

  1. Sophisticated attack techniques and constant innovation – access to ready-made malware makes it simple to complete and benefit from an attack.
  2. Security holes at affected companies – including inadequate backup strategy’s, updates and patches not being applied and lack of security training.
  3. Lack of advanced prevention technology – standard anti-virus software does not protect against these sorts of threats.

How does a Ransomware attack happen?

There are two main ways in that a Ransomware attack can happen, either via an emails with a malicious attachment or by visiting a compromised website.

How to Stay Protected Against Ransomware?

To stay secure against ransomware you need to have effective protection in place at every stage of an attack. Starting at the endpoint the unique CryptoGuard technology, available in Sophos Intercept X lets you stop ransomware attacks in their tracks. CryptoGuard works on your endpoints and servers, detecting and stopping ransomware from encrypting your files. It complements your existing security, blocking processes that attempt to make unauthorised modifications to your data.

Sophos Intercept X uses multiple layers of technology:

Protect vulnerable software

Anti-exploit technology stops threats before they become an issue by recognising and blocking common malware delivery techniques, thus protecting your endpoints from unknown threats and zero-day vulnerabilities.

Effective Ransomware detection

CryptoGuard technology detects spontaneous malicious data encryption to stop ransomware in its tracks. Even if trusted files or processes are abused or hijacked, CryptoGuard will stop and revert them without any interaction from users or IT support personnel. CryptoGuard works silently at the file system level, keeping track of remote computers and local processes that attempt to modify your documents and other files.

Root cause analysis

Identifying malware and isolating and removing it solves the immediate problem. But do you really know what the malware did before it was removed, or how it was introduced in the first place? Root cause analysis shows you all the events that led up to a detection. You’ll be able to understand what files, processes, and registry keys were touched by the malware and activate your advanced system clean to rewind time.

Add next-generation protection to your traditional security

Sophos Intercept X compliments existing anti-malware and antivirus implementations delivering powerful next-gen anti-exploit and anti-ransomware protection traditional products lack. By eliminating the attack vectors which traditional solutions don’t block, Sophos Intercept X helps to harden your security posture and increase resilience.

How can we help?

Intercept X is one of the best solutions on the market in preventing this kind of attack and is just as important (if not more so) than standard antivirus software. By combining Intercept X with your existing antivirus solution and with good security practices, this will minimise the risk of your business being affected by Ransomware.

As a Sophos partner we advise, supply, install and support Intercept X. We also work with businesses to offer security best practices and advice on how to train your staff to ensure that they are working effectively to protect your business from cyber threats.

Our engineers have undergone training and exams to certify there knowledge in Sophos solutions, meaning we are able to support there full range of products to implement secure and reliable security solutions for businesses.

Our consultants have also trained in all Sophos security solutions, to ensure that they can provide the knowledge and advice to businesses looking for the best security solutions for their requirements. Our consultants will take on board your concerns and expectations of security for your business and provide the licensing costs to ensure you are protected.

The Next Step…

If you would like more information on how Sophos InterceptX can protect your business against Ransomware or for pricing on Sophos Intercept X please contact us on 01392 824022.

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