A startling number of security professionals, when asked about ransomware readiness, admit that they do not feel confident they have the right tools, processes, or people in place. In fact, many organizations struggle to identify and implement the right solutions for ransomware prevention in the first place. The main reason for the disconnect tends to revolve around a few key misconceptions about ransomware. Take for instance, the thought that endpoint protection is all an organization needs. If you look at the headlines, plenty of organizations had solid endpoint detection and response capabilities and still became victims of ransomware. With that said, what does an organization need for a successful ransomware readiness approach?
10 Tactics for a Successful Ransomware Readiness Approach
Endpoint Protection, Detection, and Response
Lateral Movement Prevention
Least Privileged Architecture
Secure Backup Strategy
Incident Response Plan
Business Continuity Plan
Ransomware readiness is achievable for any organization. Keep in mind, following the best practices outlined above will reduce the likelihood of breach, but with all things in cybersecurity, nothing is one hundred percent preventable. With the statistic stating that a compromise caused by ransomware is still possible, the most often asked question is “how do we return to normal?” The best way to return to normal is to make sure that any impacted systems or data are held for forensic analysis. A root cause analysis should be performed, and defenses need to be improved based on the findings. Once defenses are improved, data can be restored from a verified safe backup, and business can resume as normal.