Three Critical Requirements You Need to Protect Your Endpoints From Ransomware

In today’s age of remote working, it has become more important than ever for organisations to ensure that their employees have strong cybersecurity measures in place. Endpoint security is perhaps the most crucial measure for remote workers, and in this blog, we will explain why.

Every one of your endpoints serves as a portal through which your employees can access your corporate network. With so many more people now working remotely, IT departments are finding it increasingly difficult to protect devices beyond the physical office perimeter. Unfortunately, as the use of remote working has increased, so has the number of malware attacks on businesses.

Ransomware (which is a form of malware), especially, is on a steep rise, and it is putting businesses and their data at greater risk than ever. According to an IDC survey, more than one-third of organisations around the world have experienced a ransomware attack or breach that has prevented access to systems or data in the previous 12 months.

Among the most common ransomware vectors include spam, phishing emails and various social engineering techniques. Ransomware can also spread via websites or drive-by downloads. Most of these target the endpoint, as cybercriminals are counting on the fact that once an endpoint is infected, they have a chance to infiltrate the rest of the network.

Ransomware attacks can significantly hinder operations by encrypting files, jeopardising the availability of critical resources needed to carry out daily business processes. This is a critical factor that forces victim organisations' hands, especially when no incident management or contingency plans are in place.

Paying the ransom should never be an option. Not only because it’s supporting criminal activity but:

  • You’re supporting malware: Paying a ransom to a cybercriminal simply provides them with the funds they require to continue doing what they do: Negatively impacting the lives of innocent people. They encrypt you, you pay them, and they encrypt others, and the cycle continues.

  • You might not get your data back: No matter how reputable the cybercriminals may try to make themselves seem, there is no guarantee that you will receive your data back once you have paid the ransom.

  • They can extort more from you: The fact that cybercriminals know you can pay the demanded ransom simply means you've become an easier target because they know you have the money. And they'll look for you the second, third, fourth time, and so on.

Now, there is a way to avoid paying a ransom, which will only empower attackers to expand their operations and continue to target organisations, putting everyone at risk. It starts by preventing endpoints from getting infected or used as a gateway for lateral movement or threat escalation.

With Malwarebytes Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), businesses can do just that as it comes equipped with three critical EDR capabilities:

Attack Isolation 

When your business’s endpoint is compromised, one of your top priorities is to prevent the malware from spreading. Malwarebytes EDR uses three modes of device isolation to maximise IT flexibility while minimising end-user inconvenience:

  • Network isolation restricts device communications, attackers are kept at bay and malware is unable to "phone home."

  • Process isolation limits which operations can run, halting malware while allowing end-users to continue working.

  • Desktop isolation notifies the end-user of the threat, temporarily restricts their access while keeping the device online for analysis.

Automated Remediation 

Automated remediation overcomes the major shortcomings of reimaging and significantly improves response time efficiency. When properly executed, your automated remediation solution will remove all traces of malicious code while leaving legitimate files untouched, and it will do so quickly. By having this capability, Malwarebytes is able to help businesses:

  • Close the gap in cybersecurity personnel and skills shortage.

  • Eliminate the cost and complexity of managing incident response.

  • Eliminate workstation and employee downtime.

Ransomware Rollback 

Malwarebytes uses a local cache on each endpoint to store all relevant changes to the device for up to 72 hours. Thus, if your endpoint does get infected, Malwarebytes EDR enables you to wind back the clock and restore files that were encrypted, deleted, or modified in an attack.

These three capabilities are vital because they provide you with different layers of security that can tremendously minimise the impact of any ransomware attack on your endpoints.

To find out more about Malwarebytes EDR, click here.

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