By now, not only security professionals, but also many knowledge workers and consumers are well aware of the insidious nature of ransomware. As its name implies, ransomware is malicious software that holds data files hostage pending the payment of a ransom, typically with untraceable bitcoin as the currency of choice. Ransomware encrypts a series of files preventing access to those files. Absent the victim’s ability to restore a backup, the hacker holds the encryption keys required to access the files until the ransom demand is met.
Organizations must treat mitigating the risks associated with ransomware—data loss, interruption of business operations, and more—as a strategic imperative by implementing a layered security approach that maps to and thus thwarts ransomware attack campaigns. This paper offers a prescriptive approach to do so based on four countermeasures requiring a set of integrated controls for centralized visibility, shared intelligence, and active prevention.
Balancing the major responsibilities of security and compliance requires a proactive strategy to circumvent problems before they occur. This entails staying current on the HIPAA regulations, on any infrastructure vulnerabilities that widen your attack surface, and on ways to better improve internal procedures to reduce threats.
High-profile, targeted attacks from malicious actors now occur with frightening and increasing regularity. This evolution of advanced threats overwhelms both IT organizational bandwidth and the capabilities of legacy antivirus tactics, particularly as the increasing number of endpoint devices used by employees expands attack surfaces. How are organizations responding?
In June 2015, Trend Micro commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate the evolving nature and prevalence of malware among medium-sized and large enterprises, as well as the elements of protection being sought by these firms as a result. This study is based on Forrester’s own market data and a custom study of the same audience.
What’s really inside a fully integrated secure cloud infrastructure? It’s not a myriad of point security tools bolted on in a haphazard manner. A truly secure cloud is designed from the ground by security experts and engineers. Go inside the anatomy of a true cloud infrastructure to learn how each piece — when properly integrated, optimized and managed — plays its part to protect an organization and its sensitive data.
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