How Ready Are You for a Ransomware Attack?


The world would be a much safer place if only we could simulate attacks on every environment to determine how at risk we are for a ransomware attack. The problem is most organizations don’t give their security enough thought, and those that understand the risks, don’t have the in-house expertise to understand what steps to take to analyze their risk level.

There are several items you can evaluate to determine how prepared your business is for a ransomware attack:

  • How easy is it to break into your network? The two main ways in which attackers gain initial access to your environment is by leveraging humans and by attacking internet enabled services.
  • Can they escalate privilege or move laterally within your network pretty easily? Barriers to privilege escalation and lateral movement come down to patching, rights management and network segmentation.
  • Can large amount of data be exported without detection? Most ransomware attacks try to maximize the likelihood of ransoms being paid by exfiltrating and encrypting data. They then threaten public disclosure of data in order for you to pay the ransomware.
  • How quickly can you restore your environment from backups? Hackers will try to go after your backups, so you need to ensure that the backups are not accessible with your existing credentials or that you employ immutable backup solutions.

Cybercriminals will walk away if your environment ends up posing too big a challenge for them to breach. They only care about money and if there is an easier target, they will move on quickly. Putting up a fight can prove effective in actually thwarting the attack.

To ensure you are fighting the best fight you can against a ransomware attack, let 2W Tech help. We are a technology service provider specializing in solutions for the manufacturing industry. We have IT Consultants on staff that are experts in security solutions.

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