When exploring how to avoid ransomware, you have to know where to start. For some organizations, the weakness might lie in an unpatched endpoint, while for others it may involve untrained employees.
A security review is crucial to assessing your current level of incident preparedness so you can create a baseline to work from. This review will test your business to indicate your risk for ransomware, and it will provide industry benchmarks you can use to understand how, where and why you should direct your security investments.
Other tests can also help you understand where your technology, training or processes might be lacking. For example, during a Ransomware Attack Simulation activity, multiple ransomware behaviors are executed during a single session with the organization's blue team members. This simulation provides insight into the detection and prevention capabilities of the countermeasures that are already implemented. You can collect information related to the number of employees that execute the ransomware, visit the malicious payment portal and even attempt to pay the ransom.
When conducted by a third-party expert, you can better understand your security posture while gaining actionable recommendations for how to drive the most improvement based on your specific organization. In addition, an outside partner can help you conduct security review assessments on a regular basis to ensure that the changes you're making to your cyber security controls and practices have a real-world impact on your ransomware protection.
Is it possible to conduct a security review on your own? Yes, but keep in mind that your staff might not have the cyber security insight or industry best practices experience to uncover every issue. An outside partner not only brings its ransomware protection experience, but it can also help you contextualize threats so you know what to focus on first. A partner can also provide the technology, services, intelligence, analytics and scale you need to quickly respond to ransomware threats, especially if you have a relatively small IT team or lack in-house ransomware experts.
Learn more about governance, risk and compliance services from Verizon. Our experts can help you discover your current ransomware risk posture so you can identify weak spots, strengthen your ransomware protection and help secure your business before you risk becoming the next victim.