Ransomware is a type of advanced malware attack that takes hold of a device, either locking the user out entirely or encrypting files so they cannot be used. This type of malware can infect your device in a variety of ways. Whether downloaded from a malicious or compromised website, delivered as an attachment in a phishing email or dropped by exploit kits onto vulnerable systems, once executed the ransomware will either lock the computer or encrypt predetermined files. The attacker will then make themselves known with an “official” ransom demand, as well as thorough instructions and timelines on how to make a  payment to regain your assets.
One of the most common methods of delivering ransomware is through a phishing email attack. These targeted emails are often written in a way that the unsuspecting users would never know that it wasn’t from a legitimate sender. They often contain a malicious link or download that grants the hacker passage to not just this device, but opens the door to your entire organization. SMBs are a key target for this type of attack, with over 40% of spear-phishing attacks aimed at organizations with fewer than 250 employees in 2015. (Verizon
Defending against Ransomware Ransomware attacks are no joke, and they are a menace to SMBs and distributed enterprise organizations. However, these tricky attacks share common behaviors that can be used in malware detection. Leveraging behavioral analysis to catch the malware attempts to evade detection and perpetrate its attack enables organizations to better defend against these attacks.
WatchGuard’s newest security service, Threat Detection and Response, includes a ransomware specific module within the lightweight WatchGuard Host Sensor. Host Ransomware Prevention leverages a behavioral analytics engine and a decoy directory honeypot to monitor a wide array of characteristics determining if a given action is associated with a ransomware attack or not. If it’s determined that the threat is malicious, HRP can automatically prevent a ransomware attack before file encryption on the endpoint takes place.
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