Ransomware is a form of malware that infects victims’ computers, encrypts their content, and issues a demand for payment to undo the harm. 76% of Ransomware attacks use email.

Anatomy of an Attack

Ransomware attacks ranges from simplified “ransomware in a box” to customized malware that can shut down networks, cripple financial systems, and incapacitate government services.

PHASE 1: Develop


Adversaries can easily purchase ransomware from dark-web marketplaces or leverage hosted ransomware services to quickly launch attacks

How Does Ransomware Work?

Former Director Product Marketing, Fareed Bukhari, discusses the role of social engineering and email spoofing in ransomware attacks.


The Agari Advantage

Proactive Ransomware Prevention

Cybercriminals constantly evolve tactics to trick people into downloading ransomware. Even trained professionals can have difficulty spotting identity deception, which is typically used in these attacks.

Agari detects threats and prevents tactics such as display name deception, lookalike domains, domain spoofing, and messages sent from hijacked sender accounts.

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Detection of Zero Day Attacks

Zero day ransomware attacks are launched with no advanced warning, do not contain any recognizable “digital signature,” and employ evasive tactics to slip past SEGs and legacy security controls such as attachment sand-boxing or URL-rewriting.

Agari couples behavioral analysis with deep-level URL and attachment inspection to defend against never-seen-before attacks before they exploit unknown vulnerabilities.

Automated Breach Response

Employee reported email attacks can be one of the best sources of breach threat intelligence and help prevent or contain a breach. However, they can also cause Security Operations Center (SOC) analysts more work because of the sheer number of reported incidents.


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