You still have your data, you just can't use it.
Ransomware is a Trend
You Can Prevent
Ransomware is an increasingly popular tactic used to steal data and disrupt a system’s operations.
Used by attackers to infect an endpoint, ransomware hijacks files on that device and then encrypts them... leaving behind a ransom demand that users must either pay, or face losing their data forever.
Ransomware is a trend, not a fad anymore but you can prevent it from happening.
Ransomware Has Come Of Age,
And That’s A Really Bad Thing.
Some security experts called 2016 “The year of ransomware” – and they’re probably not far from
wrong. Ransomware is an increasingly popular software based malware attack that takes a computer, or its
data hostage – and then attempts to extort the system’s owner into paying for its release.
Increasingly effective and simple to deploy, there are more than 250,000 known unique kinds of ransomware
in the wild, and you can count on there being more, soon. The ease with which these attacks can be
developed and distributed and the incredibly lucrative return rates on successful attacks almost guarantees
that if you haven’t been targeted by ransomware – you will be.
“Never before in the history of human kind have people across the world
been subjected to extortion on a massive scale as they are today.”
Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 21, April 2016.
What Does It Do?
In its simplest form, ransomware attacks can lock a user out of their personal computer either by using encryption or by rewriting the system's Master Boot Record. But the scary stuff, the most advanced attacks, can crawl across wide area networks and traverse file shares looking for data. What it finds, it encrypts.
This most often leaves users with a perfectly functioning computer system, but no data. Or at least no data they can read. The one file they can open is the attacker's calling card, a brief message from the attacker explaining exactly how the user can regain access to their files – and how much it’s going to cost.
Prevention Is The Key
Infiltration is inevitable. This is the sad truth that few in the cyber security industry are willing to talk about.
While detection-based solutions and automated incident response seem like good ideas, they're often just window dressing - not real security.
enSilo is different. We provide a full-spectrum of security technologies in one package. From next-generation antivirus, to patented post-infection protection,
enSilo is the one solution that you can depend on for effective ransomware prevention.
Ransomware is an attack on your data
enSilo protects data where it lives – deep in the operating system. So even if an endpoint gets infected with ransomware, your data is still safe. How? Simple: ransomware attacks must make system calls in order to start the file encryption process. All of these malicious file modifications happen inside the operating system, where enSilo captures the malicious data modification and locks it down – stopping file tampering before it can get started.
Ransomware Really Works?
It does – and people are paying up. In 2016, one version of ransomware was responsible for more than $300 million in losses. But this number just represents the paid ransoms. What it doesn’t take into consideration, is the time and business productivity lost to these attacks or the possible data theft that could have occurred in parallel with the ransomware attack. This makes ransomware prevention a mission-critical focus for any security solution.
A successful ransomware attack points to a possible system vulnerability that needs to be effectively remediated. When dealing with threat actors, there are no guarantees that your data will actually be released; it's often more likely that it will pave the way to another attack that is nastier and more expensive than the first.