New Security Insights on Stopping the Ransomware Scourge
In the ransomware corner of the cyber-crime arena, bad actors have held the advantage for too long over enterprises and other legitimate organizations. Without any regard for laws, or other rules and regulations, cyber criminals move with speed and dexterity. They use every available technology to create and rapidly launch new attacks against which legitimate organizations are largely defenseless.
Seizing the Upper Hand
In Seizing the Upper Hand in Ransomware Attacks, our cyber security experts take a look at how the industry got here. They discuss how enterprises, following applicable laws and regulations, as well as their own compliance and corporate governance directives, wound up with less nimble, albeit more well-managed IT environments and development processes. While strong in several ways, this approach has critical weaknesses, specifically in its overall lack of speed and dexterity in responding to changing ‘battlefield’ conditions.
The paper contrasts these measured, corporate processes with the faster, looser, ‘run-and-gun’ approach embraced by cyber criminals and other threat actors. Unencumbered by laws, rules, and regulations, these sophisticated, well-funded, and well-organized groups use the latest technologies to create and launch more new attacks at a shockingly rapid pace, and with numerous successes.
How Enterprises Must Change
Obviously, enterprises’ hand-crafted, static security controls won’t be going away anytime soon. But the numbers of successful ransomware attacks make it equally obvious that more needs to be done. But what, exactly?
Seizing the upper hand with modern attacks requires one fundamental change. Organizations must to move toward more dynamic, real-time controls that go beyond simply detecting problems. Making this change involves embracing automated, intelligent, and preventative controls that provide more autonomous and more accurate, response capabilities.
As with any change, making this shift can be bumpy. But things that can smooth the path – such as algorithmic boundary controls, immutable infrastructure, and red teaming concepts for testing, are discussed.
Now is the Time
It’s well past time to move past static security controls and the wet blanket they throw over the speed, accuracy, and effectiveness of response. It’s time to close the persistent functional and responsiveness gaps that have caused so much financial and reputational disadvantage for legitimate organizations.
The new techniques described in this paper, coupled with a more agile, DevOps-based approach, will enable security teams to develop controls that can detect ransomware and other sophisticated cyber-attacks rapidly, and respond to them automatically in real time.
Are you and your team ready to start seizing the upper hand in the battle against ransomware and other modern cyberattacks? Download your copy of this TrueFort position paper.