Prevention of Ransomware Attacks Amid Security Implementations

By - October 27, 2021

Even an informed organization can fall victim to devastating cyber-attacks. Your team has done extensive research and prepared a comprehensive risk prevention process. For maximum results, the development and execution of complex security plans can take a minimum of one to two years. Looking for opportunities, cyber criminals lurk around organizations just like yours.

Here are five target-busting tips to decrease your organization’s chances of exploitation

  1. Partner with employees through training exercises
    Risky behavior compromises your organization through email spam campaigns or social engineered target attacks. Your employees need routine education on the practice of safe surfing and trusted downloads.
  2. Security software on every computer and device
    An up-to-date security software will ensure the latest patches. We recommend a proactive approach with early and often software updates.
  3. Role-based access and permissions
    Although an extensive project, tier your administrator accounts. Role-based access closes gaps of vulnerability in sensitive files.
  4. Remote access, SaaS applications, and productivity
    Sometimes perceived as a hindrance, the extra steps of multi factor authentications prevent Internet snooping. Overall, sound security practices ensure remote workers stay productive.
  5. Firewall protection will protect a rebuild process
    Ransomware will look for data backups for encryption and deletion. Every disaster plan should include a robust security system for your backups and systems.

Tips to stay prepared during cyber risk prevention planning

  • Insurance policies
    Review the organization’s annual policies and coverage terms. Cybersecurity insurance offers a level of protection for liabilities related to malware. Although costly, insurance is a necessary expenditure for restoration.
  • Planning before an attack – expert recovery teams
    Response to a ransomware attack requires swift actions of your recovery team. Recovery planning committee meetings should include members that are lawyers, breach coaches, forensic firms, vendors, and vendor support.
  • Contract negotiations
    Review contracts from all required vendors. Negotiate any changes for Master Service Agreements or engagement letters to protect your stakeholders. Your leverage disappears when you need them more than they need you.
  • Recovery collaboration with vendors
    Because ransomware moves quickly, validate vendor emergency support and Service Level Agreements that fit your recovery requirements.
  • Downtime processes
    The quickest and easiest way to begin the response process is to restore your systems from clean backup data. Print the organization contracts and critical information. Access to insurance contracts, policy numbers, lawyers, vendors, and support contracts will prevent hours and days of downtime delay.

When faced with the possibility of weeks, months, or years of recovery, a robust recovery plan is the only option for quick shutdown of ransomware damage. It is important to discover how and when cyber criminals will attack. Unfortunately, ransomware predators seek your organization’s vulnerabilities. Your defense strategy leads with thorough preparedness, prevention, education, and support.

RSM provides a comprehensive cybersecurity risk assessment that evaluates the potential risk and spread of an infection through penetration testing techniques, analyzes business continuity and incident management programs, performs a ransomware tabletop exercise, and can help remediate any specific issues identified.

If you are interested in outsourcing cybersecurity solutions before or after a cyber-attack, contact RSM outsourcing professionals to schedule a call today.

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