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Ransomware is one of the most destructive and dangerous cybercrimes with implications to  privacy and physical safety as well. The frequency of high-profile attacks in 2021 have elevated ransomware to major headline news and no one is exempt from this threat.

The US government responded by establishing a ransomware taskforce, and executives are being held accountable for their organization’s cybersecurity risk.

Everyone is asking, what can be done to address this threat?

Quite a bit, actually. In fact, many standard cybersecurity best practices can drastically diminish organizations’ risk of successful ransomware attack.

According to Gartner, “Security hygiene is critical to protect against “human-operated” ransomware, and a holistic view of the whole organization is required.”

Specialized Security Services, Inc. (S3 Security), has been assisting clients with the evaluation and testing of their information and cyber security programs for over 20 years.  We know the most common vulnerabilities exploited by cyber attackers. We also know how to develop a strategy to help your organization be prepared.

We’re here to help!

We are excited to share with you a complimentary research article from Gartner that outlines the following key challenges:

  • “Remote desktop protocol, bring your own PC, and virtual private network vulnerabilities and misconfiguration are becoming the most common entry point for attackers. This has been exacerbated by the growth in remote work resulting from the pandemic.
  • Ransomware is increasingly being operated by humans, rather than being delivered as spam by technology resources.
  • The cost of recovery and the resulting downtime in the aftermath of a ransomware attack, as well as the reputational damage, can be 10 to 15 times more than the ransom.”

Information is power. Download the complete article to learn more and discover recommendations from Gartner. And if you would like custom guidance, give us a call!

Gartner, How to Prepare for Ransomware Attacks, By Mark Harris, Brad LaPorte, Paul Furtado, Published 16 November 2020. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.
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