What to look for in a Ransomware Solution
With the threat of ransomware attacks growing exponentially, businesses are scrambling for solutions. Experts agree it’s no longer a question of IF but WHEN your organization will be attacked. That being the case, let’s review the essentials when seeking a ransomware solution.
Effective ransomware solutions must incorporate the five functional pillars of cybersecurity established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). These are: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover.
First, a ransomware solution should focus on identifying your critical systems and vulnerabilities to prioritize preventative efforts. These areas should include:
- Physical and software assets
- Overall business infrastructure
- Cybersecurity governance policies
- Supply chain priorities, constraints, and risk tolerances
Second, a ransomware solution should establish specific safeguards to protect your company’s critical infrastructure, systems and services. The goal is to limit the impact of a cyber-security event. These safeguards should include:
- Identifying which employees should have access to your critical systems and data
- Ongoing cyber-security training for all employees
- Protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your business data
- Comprehensive back-up of all systems
- Regular maintenance and testing of all back-up systems and critical resources
- Security and resilience technology
Third, a ransomware solution must establish systems designed to detect a cyber attack as early as possible. Early detection and response will go a long way to mitigating the damage from a ransomware attack. Comprehensive detection should include:
- Ongoing training to help employees identify and avoid cyber attacks
- 24/7 monitoring for cybers attacks and verifying effectiveness of security measures
- Regular maintenance and testing of monitoring systems
Once an attack is detected, your ransomware solution must have a comprehensive response strategy to contain the impact. Responsive strategies should include:
- A system to ensure the response executed correctly during an incident
- Communication with internal and external stakeholders, and law enforcement
- Forensic analysis and impact analysis
- Mitigation systems to prevent expansion of the attack within your network
- Analysis systems designed to help you adapt to future cybersecurity events
Lastly, your ransomware solution should maintain detailed plans to restore impacted systems and services. Recovery plans must restore normal operations as quickly as possible and should include:
- Systems to ensure recovery processes are followed accurately
- Ongoing adaptations and improvements based on lessons learned
- Internal and external communications are coordinated during and following the recovery from a cybersecurity incident
Ransomware attacks are an ever-present threat to your organization and should be part of your ongoing cyber-security strategy. InterVision has been helping businesses solve IT problems for more than 25 years. Our experts are ready to help you evaluate your preparedness and recovery plans to make sure your company can minimize the risks and impacts of a cyber-attack.
InterVision works with the leading technology providers to offer solutions such as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) that help businesses recover from a wide range of events including cyber attacks.
InterVision has also launched the first managed service ransomware solution, designed specifically to provide end-to-end protection against ransomware attacks. Our Ransomware Protection as a Service (RPaaS) tool takes a holistic approach to ransomware threats, focusing on detection, protection and recovery.
If you are concerned about cyber security or seeking to improve your protection against ransomware attacks, visit our website or call 844-622-5710 to speak with one of our experts today.