Four Approaches to Strengthen Cyber Resilience Following a Ransomware Attack

Four Approaches to Strengthen Cyber Resilience Following a Ransomware Attack

Ransomware has become a tenacious, dynamic, and ever-evolving menace. According to SonicWall, ransomware assaults increased by 62% globally between 2019 and 2020, and by 158% in North America alone. Because of the sophistication and extensive impact of recent attacks, government agencies and commercial companies are examining their cyber resilience not only within their own organizations but also throughout their supply chains.

Cybercriminals continue to invent new methods to infiltrate government networks, as well as new threat vectors. Meanwhile, antiquated technology, a scarcity of cyber expertise, and insufficient funds continue to stymie state and local governments’ abilities to upgrade their defenses.

Despite this, organizations can follow the procedures outlined below to avoid ransomware attacks.

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A renewed emphasis on database security

As agencies implement multi-cloud architectures, people work remotely, and data is more disseminated throughout an organization, perimeter-based security can no longer compete with today’s shifting threat landscape. It’s time to refocus on safeguarding the most precious asset: data.

Agencies will be able to adopt a risk-based security model with a “never trust, always verify” philosophy that safeguards data wherever it lives if they use a data-centric, zero-trust approach. Agencies can expose vulnerabilities, limit user access to critical data, and get notifications of suspicious behaviors by boosting transparency across on-premise and cloud databases.

In accordance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology recommendations, the latest cybersecurity executive order requires agencies to build zero-trust architecture. To adopt

a zero-trust, database security strategy, agencies should employ technological solutions that are intended for data security and continuous database monitoring.

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Secure devices and endpoints

Traditional endpoint security systems monitor threats on a binary ‘good’ or ‘bad’ scale, possibly over-alerting and overlooking increasingly sophisticated types of cybercrime. Endpoint security can benefit from new ideas. A few systems take advantage of cloud behavioral analytics to study how a user interacts with a device. This employs context to provide intelligent warnings that aid in the detection and prevention of new threats, ensuring adequate protection.

Resilience hygiene is established via data backup and restoration

Backing up data has long been a tried and true means of ensuring recovery in the event that the original copy is corrupted or wiped entirely as a consequence of a cyber-attack. A well-defined backup plan and strategy that specifies what to back up, when to back up, and on which media to back up is a very successful recovery technique. Periodic restoration tests should be included in the data backup plan to ensure data quality, integrity, and usefulness.

Employee education and training

Empowering people to recognize cyber threats can boost the organization’s security posture. Employees benefit from security awareness training because they get a better understanding of risks and weaknesses. Best-in-class training on the expanding threat landscape and the COVID-19 issue offers additional information on the present situations. It also develops employees’ defensive abilities and assesses the organization’s genuine cyber resilience in the case of a security breach.

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