Protect Your Organization From Ransomware
Learn more about ransomware, how it works and why you’re vulnerable
What Is Ransomware?
Ransomware is a form of malware that infects victims’ computers, encrypts their content, and issues a demand that the victim pay a ransom to the attacker in order to regain access to their content.
While the recent WannaCry attack relied on a vulnerability associated with unpatched Windows computers, most ransomware attacks are based on email delivered computer trojans, which rely on tricking a victim to install the malware. Attackers use social engineering methods to coerce their intended victims to expose themselves to ransomware, often impersonating a trusted contact to entice the victim to take action, e.g., opening an attachment.
Ransomware attacks have been steadily rising, with criminals targeting specific industries, such as hospitals and healthcare organizations.
How Ransomware Bypasses Existing Defenses
Criminals use packers and other obfuscation techniques to bypass malware detection methods, and commonly masquerade as trusted parties to trick their victims into letting their guards down. They typically convince victims to open malicious attachments or visit web pages that host the malware using social engineering methods.
Osterman Research recently released a report on Best Practices for Protecting Against Phishing, Ransomware and BEC attacks. To learn more about how to protect your organization, you can also watch the webinar on demand.
All successful ransomware attacks feature identity deception at their core.
They spoof the identity of a trusted sender, and entice a victim to take a dangerous action.
Protecting Your Organization
Traditional best practices all have merit, including up-to-date system patches, robust endpoint and network protection and employee awareness training. However, social engineering will typically evade user awareness efforts and new ransomware variants are being introduced on a regular basis. A better approach is to lock down the key vector of ransomware attacks: email.
The Solution – Agari Enterprise Protect
Agari Enterprise Protect is used by leading Fortune 1000 companies to proactively combat Ransomware and protect employees from costly attacks that result in financial loss or a data breach.
Agari Enterprise Protect leverages Agari Identity IntelligenceTM, an advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning system that drives over 300 million daily model updates from data telemetry of more than two trillion emails per year. The system models email senders’ and recipients’ identity characteristics, behavioral norms, and personal, organizational, and industry-level relationships to maintain a real-time understanding of email behavioral patterns.
Agari Enterprise Protect is the next generation of Advanced Threat Protection for email, designed to detect the attacks of today and the ones we expect to see in the future.