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

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

Phase 2

Adversaries will launch ransomware campaigns, often perpetrating as a trusted colleague or partner to mask the attack.

Phase 3

By masking as a trusted confidant, the recipient unsuspectedly opens the attachment where the ransomware is activated where the payment is demanded.

Phase 4

As the ransomware is activated, locking up the victim’s system, the victim has no choice but to pay the ransom without ever knowing if they will regain control of their systems.

How Does Ransomware Work?

Former Director Product Marketing, Fareed Bukhari

Fareed 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 Incident Response

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


Agari Phishing Response™  is the only turnkey email incident response solution that can reduce triage, analysis, and remediation time by as much as 95% to prevent and contain ransomware and any associated breach.

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Simulated Product Demonstration

Try this simulated product demonstration to see why companies including Allergan, Comcast, and Informatica use Agari Phishing Defense™ to protect their inboxes.

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