Ransomware Detection & Account Recovery

What is Ransomware Detection

Ransomware is malicious software that takes control of and encrypts private data for extortion purposes. It is rapidly rising to the top of the list of common network attacks. Unfortunately, this highly effective, easy to carry out, and devastating attack is now the tool of choice for many hackers. It is an easy payday for hackers and can often be executed with minimal skill thanks to the proliferation of RaaS (Ransomware as a Service) and ready-to-deploy exploits available online for illegal use.

Unfortunately, even the most robust network defenses can be breached, and oftentimes all it takes is something as simple as an employee clicking on one bad link or opening a malicious email attachment, allowing for an account takeover. That is why it is vitally important for organizations to consider ransomware detection or automated ransomware response as part of their defense strategy. Ransomware detection can be implemented in numerous ways and can protect against various stages of a possible attack, such as initial injection, account takeover, or file modification.

How to Avoid Ransomware and Detect an Attack

The most common approach to ransomware detection is to stop ransomware before it gets started, often by utilizing strong email protection policies, and anti-malware software throughout an environment. Also, through limiting account permissions in case of an account takeover. These are great strategies alone, and can also be highly effective, especially when combined with heuristic-based ransomware detection software. This is specialized software that performs live monitoring on valuable resources, such as file servers, accounts, and databases, in order to detect behavior patterns that are likely to be caused by a ransomware attack. These would be behaviors such as mass file renames, mass encryption attempts, or signs of account takeover. The software knows that these patterns are not typical behaviors on a network and can alert security teams, or in some cases stop the behavior before it causes further damage.

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