The WannaCry cyberattack that surfaced a little over ten days ago has opened the eyes of millions to the danger of ransomware. Many large organizations, including Nissan, UK’s National Health Service, and Fedex were locked out and facing payment demands from hackers.
Ransomware is nothing new to cyber threat scene, but hackers are learning new sophisticated ways to gain access to organizations’ mission critical data every day. And while it is too late for over 200,000 devices across 150 countries, there are tools and services that you can use to protect yourself now and in the future.
There are many tools that can layer in additional security into your most important systems. These tools will not only help protect your organization’s mission critical and client information, they will protect your bottom line. The financial impact of a ransomware attack can be business crippling. When a data disaster happens, organizations not only have to factor in the cost of the ransom, but they also should think about the loss of productivity, downtime costs, and reputational effects. On top of these issues, it is critical that you are keeping up with government regulations and company policies. The legal fees and fines that can be tacked on during a data breach can easily shut your doors for good.
How MSSP’s Help with Ransomware Protection
Many organizations see the necessity for cybersecurity tools, but do not have the manpower, threat intelligence, or budget to supply the level of IT security needed. This is when organizations turn to a Managed security service provider (MSSP).
MSSPs lend a helping hand to organizations that need assistance with cyber security measures. They can supply services such as patch management, security monitoring, IPS/IDS management, and much more. On top of a whole range of security services, a MSSP is 24/7/365. They will be able to respond to issues quickly, at any time of the day or night – even on weekends and holidays. An organization that wouldn’t normally have access to this level of support can now increase their security posture, at a lower price point.
Here are some security services that you should consider to protect yourself from ransomware.
Patch management is very tedious and time consuming, but to defer a lot of risk within your systems it is important to stay up-to-date. Patches are released to resolve vulnerabilities in your systems. If these vulnerabilities are not updated, an unauthenticated attacker could successfully exploit the vulnerabilities and gain the ability to execute code on targeted servers.
NetServe365 automates the patching process to provide a cost-effective and streamlined solution for your organization. With continuous monitoring, our engineers are able to find vulnerabilities within your network and immediately address the security weakness with required patching.
The goal of cyber security is to stay ahead of constantly evolving and sophisticated threats. With Anti-Virus (AV) protection, you are able to keep your computer free of malware with real-time scanning. When new malware hits the scene, signatures will be deployed to block the virus. With the rise of known and unknown threats, AV cannot be your only line of defense, but it will help add a few extra layers of defense.
NetServe365 partnered with Bitdefender to deliver the best mix of protection, performance, and manageability. The AV solution is integrated into our monitoring portal to increase visibility and improve manageability. We are able to see, in a single view, if an event has taken place and the status of your machines.
Unified Security Management
Unified security management can be used to detect and protect against new threats: network based, host based, external or internal. With 24/7/365 security monitoring, you can focus on mitigating risk, identifying vulnerabilities, detecting threats and prioritizing incident response. You are able to identify patterns of events that could indicate a possible threat or vulnerability and determine the potential risk of the event, all while managing your organization’s compliance needs. NetServe365’s team of expert engineers manages this whole process for you, 24/7/365 from our Operations Center. With the constant worry of new emerging threats, having a team of experienced engineers that analyze and manage your environment for security events can finally allow for peace of mind – as well as saving you from being the next big data breach headline.
Intrusion Prevention System Management
An Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is not new technology, but it is an important aide when it comes to securing your network. The IPS is placed as an inline component to actively analyze and take automated actions on all traffic flows. Signatures are placed to block harmful vulnerabilities and threats. Domain name service scanning can block connections to any of the command and control URLs. Also, IP reputation filtering is set up to block known associated IPs of a malware infection. You can pair this with firewall services to create a next generation security device can help your organization battle harmful content. All this is can be managed by NetServe365’s Cisco certified Engineers in the Operations Center, 24/7/365.
Another great tool that can help your organization stay protected from ransomware is vulnerability scanning. Vulnerability scanning can prevent compliance breaches with continuous monitoring of your edge and boarder. NetServe365 can run vulnerability scans to discover what is really in your network and assess the business risk associated. The engineers can then remediate vulnerabilities with our 24/7/365 incident response.
Being protected from every vulnerability and threat is impossible, but there are certain tools and resources that you can leverage to improve your security posture. Want to learn more about NetServe365’s security services? Contact us today!
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