Ransomware: A Modern Disaster Demands a Comprehensive Cybersecurity Framework

The threat of ransomware looms more significant than ever before. The recent InterVision Security Summit, featuring Adam Scamihorn, the Business Continuity Product Director at InterVision, shed light on the increasing menace of ransomware attacks. Scamihorn, with over two decades of experience in technology, provided invaluable insights into organizations’ need to adopt a comprehensive cybersecurity framework to safeguard against ransomware threats and recover swiftly in the event of an attack.

The Ransomware Epidemic

Ransomware attacks have become an alarming reality, with a staggering statistic revealing that over 50% of organizations fall victim to these malicious assaults yearly. The costs associated with ransomware attacks extend beyond the ransom itself, encompassing downtime and reputational damage that can have long-lasting repercussions.


InterVision’s Cybersecurity Framework

In response to this growing menace, InterVision recommends a cybersecurity framework firmly rooted in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. This framework comprises five critical pillars: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover.

  • Identify and Protect: These pillars focus on proactive risk reduction, allowing organizations to recognize vulnerabilities and fortify their defenses before an attack occurs.
  • Detect, Respond, and Recover: These pillars address post-attack actions, enabling organizations to swiftly identify, mitigate, and recover from ransomware attacks.


Essential Components of the Framework

InterVision’s comprehensive cybersecurity framework includes several essential components:

  • Security Operations Center (SOC): A dedicated real-time hub for monitoring and responding to security incidents.
  • Security Posture Advice: Expert guidance to help organizations bolster their security posture.
  • Recovery Capabilities: Robust recovery capabilities that leverage hybrid cloud approaches, reducing the need for ransom payments.
  • Governance (VCSo): A governance structure that ensures all framework elements work seamlessly together.


The Path to Cybersecurity Maturity

Building cybersecurity maturity is an incremental process requiring a harmonious blend of tools, techniques, and human expertise. InterVision underscores the importance of recovery testing and tabletop exercises to prepare for ransomware attacks effectively.


Customized Playbooks for Efficient Response

Organizations are advised to develop playbooks tailored to specific types of ransomware scenarios. These playbooks streamline response efforts, ensuring a swift and efficient recovery and mitigation.


The Power of Preparedness

In today’s rapidly changing world, swift reactions and effective event management are paramount. With well-defined processes in place, recovery from incidents can be up to 500 times faster, reducing potential downtime from days to mere hours.


Success Stories and Expertise

InterVision’s extensive expertise, backed by over 30 years of experience in incident response and recovery, has led to remarkable success stories:

  • Example 1: An organization isolated and contained an attack, recovered a 40TB file server, and resumed operations within an hour.
  • Example 2: A retail company recovered within an hour, saving 24 hours of retail sales data.
  • Example 3: A legal firm recovered its data center using a hybrid cloud approach, ultimately avoiding a ransom payment.


InterVision’s Arsenal of Solutions

InterVision offers a formidable arsenal of solutions, including over 700 technical certifications, two data centers, and partnerships with industry-leading tools such as Trend Micro, Arctic Wolf, and Veeam, along with robust cloud recovery capabilities.


Offsetting Costs and Enhancing Security

To mitigate the financial impact of ransomware attacks, organizations can explore cyber insurance and cybersecurity warranties. These measures not only help cover costs but also contribute to improved security measures.


Assessing Cyber Risk Maturity

Organizations can assess their cyber risk maturity to identify strengths and areas requiring improvement. Cost savings often result from reallocating spending rather than increasing budgets.


InterVision’s Tailored Approach

InterVision prides itself on providing tailored solutions that cater to each organization’s unique needs, offering personalized guidance to enhance cybersecurity measures.


A Brighter Future with Cybersecurity

By embracing the principles discussed at the InterVision Security Summit, organizations can take decisive steps toward a brighter future in cybersecurity. With cyber insurance, strategic partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to cybersecurity hygiene, they can navigate the evolving landscape of ransomware threats with confidence and resilience.

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