Microsoft’s recent report regarding ransomware has highlighted a rise in Human Operated Ransomware.  Since 2017, these attacks have increased by 860%.  Ransomware is malware that encrypts and later deletes files from computers, the cloud or a server.  The human-operated ransomware attack is having successful entry 3 ways.

  1. Brute Force attacks – accessing Remote Desktop Protocol to access user’s office computers to access the network’s server infrastructure
  2. Spear Phishing attacks – using email campaigns to obtain information like passwords and credit card information
  3. Drive-by Downloading – users surfing the web and landing on a website that downloads malware or a virus.  Pinterest, Facebook, and social media platforms are common for easy access to these types of sites.

99.9% of the time, victims don’t have 2-factor authentication. 2-factor authentication is offered on Office 365 and Google.  Technology companies can offer 2-factor authentication for multiple platforms in Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, and DocuSign, for example.

Microsoft recommends implementing intrusion detection management.  Intrusion detection management provides real-time analysis of malicious activity and policy violations.

Neither 2-factor authentication or intrusion detection management replaces the need for business continuity for servers, workstations or hosted cloud services.  Business continuity is the ability to access your business application during a disaster or unplanned downtime.

Best practices recommend keeping data on a different network in different regions on a separate power grid that is accessed with different credentials.

“DME was able to limit our downtime to less than 45 minutes while they resolved our ransomware attack.” Christy Q. – Employee Benefits Consulting Firm

92% of business with business continuity, didn’t experience significant downtime.  Of those with significant downtime, 4 out of 5 fully recovered within 24 hours.  Without business continuity, less than 20% were able to do the same.

Contact the experts at DME today to assist with eliminating your technology risks.