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Author: Bea Ewing
Date: March 29, 2019
What are the Negative Effects of Ransomware?

Ransomware is a growing issue that isn’t going away anytime soon. The threat of losing access to your mission-critical systems and data is a concern that many financial institutions face. Having a defensive infrastructure to protect that sensitive information from unauthorized access, use or other malicious acts like ransomware requires more than just a good backup strategy. You must take key preventative steps, while also readying your team to act when it strikes.

More than 90% of ransomware variants today rely on DNS to remain under the hacker’s control. With DNS-level security you can block access to known-bad domains. That means the end user’s system simply can’t connect to malicious sites because DNS-level security won’t give them bad IP addresses. It’s the first line of defense against ransomware, and it’s very effective. Cisco Umbrella provides DNS-level security and is a key component of the Cisco Ransomware Defense solution.

No matter how hard you try, malware will find a way to reach your users’ devices and then spread through your network. People will access bad websites, download harmful files, install fraudulent apps, blindly open attachments, and share infected memory sticks. You can’t completely prevent risky cyber behavior, despite all the security awareness training you’ve provided. You need advanced malware protection for all your endpoints—user devices and critical servers—as these are the systems holding your critical information. Cisco AMP for Endpoints delivers essential malware protection for endpoints and is the second key technology in the layered Cisco Ransomware Defense Solution.

You know the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery planning, which is why you’ve already bolstered your data backup program. It’s difficult and time-consuming, but it’s necessary especially considering today’s growing ransomware threat. Of course, you can’t begin restoring anything until after you’ve resolved the cause. Do you know what to do during critical moments after detecting an attack? How will you respond to quickly contain the damage? Without a solid response plan, a ransomware outbreak will cause chaos. That’s why you shouldn’t ignore the value of incident response planning. M.A. Polce Consulting security experts can help you develop that response plan, and deal with active cyberattacks that are causing damage now. We encourage our Incident Response Services to complement the Cisco Ransomware Defense Solution’s preventative technologies.

“Ransomware – the Anatomy of an Attack”
Preparation is key. Don’t be a statistic.

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