in this blog, we learn How to protect yourself from Ransomware Attack. Being fully prepared to prevent a ransomware attack may seem like an impossibility. Even with your best technology investments and human resources, it may not be possible to avoid being attacked altogether. But there are things you can do to make sure that the damage caused by ransomware stays within range so that it does less harm to your business’ reputation, operations, and profitability. This article will focus on 3 key points of Ransomware Readiness:
Ransomware Readiness Assessment.
Ransomware Readiness Checklist.
Ransomware Tabletop Exercises.
By taking the time needed to understand these 3 factors when preparing for a potential attack or breach in security, you’ll feel confident knowing that no matter what happens you’re doing everything right—which will give you peace of mind as well as provide advantages over competitors who don’t take preemptive measures against such threats.
1. Ransomware Readiness Assessment
A Ransomware Readiness Assessment is a high-level evaluation of your organizational preparedness against ransomware threats. A great starting point before tackling the topic head-on, this assessment is usually conducted at CMA for organizations of various industries including Financial institutions, Healthcare providers, Pharmaceutical companies, Banks, and even Government bodies!
As part of the process, we follow a three-step approach that includes Fact Finding
In Phase 1 – an Actual Audit
In Phase 2 – Followed an Executive Summary reporting on what we found out during our conversation with your stakeholders
during Phase 3 – When it’s over, you’ll have insights from CMA experts about how well-equipped your organization is when it comes to dealing with ransomware threats and potential gaps in terms of its overall cyber security plan —starting with whether or not its tools and investments are up to par (or whether they need some upgrading).
2. Ransomware Readiness Checklist
In a world where big names like Colonial Pipeline and Kia Motors are not safe from ransomware attacks, the chances of smaller businesses with less armor in their arsenal surviving them seamlessly are minimal. That’s why we’ve created this brief, 9-point Ransomware Readiness Checklist. It lists the nine main steps that any business can take to bolster its ability to prevent and respond to an attack. The quick assessment checklist is easy for anyone – technical or otherwise – to understand, ensuring that everyone from incident response teams to management can be on board with these nine crucial steps. If as a company you’re able to check off all nine points listed here, then you’re certainly better positioned to withstand a ransomware attack or fend one off when it does happen.
3. Ransomware Tabletop Exercises
One of the most important parts of being ready for a ransomware attack is knowing where you stand in terms of readiness, which can only be accomplished if there is a clear understanding of what measures need to be taken and staff members who know those plans inside and out. The goal should be to make key IT personnel so knowledgeable about their company’s cybersecurity policy that they will act immediately without hesitation during an attack – like second nature. There is no better way to accomplish this than with regular mock-attack tableaus (ransomware tabletop exercises). These training scenarios force every employee involved to think about how they would react if faced with a real-life attack on their data system or files.
Apart from enforcing the ransomware response workflow and developing a clear understanding of the cyber crisis incident response plan, employees need to understand what steps to take in case of an actual attack. The tabletop exercise is a great way for businesses to test if their preparedness plans hold up under pressure and determine what needs additional attention. Conducting disaster recovery testing or even just practicing them can provide you with invaluable insights on how best to deal with a true-to-life situation; these tests are often required by law or compliance regulations in many places around the world due mainly to the fact that they’re an integral part of any solid ransomware readiness strategy.