Ransomware is one of the most pressing cybersecurity threats for both individuals and organizations in today's digital world. The first step to facing it effectively is establishing a firm grasp of the basics.
The Heavy Toll of Ransomware
predicted global ransomware cost to victims annually by 2031
There is a new attack on a consumer or business every 2 seconds as attackers progressively refine extortion activities.
worth of stolen data was recorded
with an average of 10 TB per month and 518 GB per incident.
of all breaches involved ransomware
Year-over-year attacks increased by 13%, a jump greater than the past 5 years combined.
of IT leaders have witnessed a ransomware attack
Surveyed leaders understand it’s not a question of if, but when, ransomware will attack a network.
Layered Security Is Your Best Defense
Shore Up Endpoint Protection
Traditional endpoint protection relying on malware signatures is not enough against ransomware threats. WatchGuard Endpoint Security includes a series of capabilities that help to prevent, detect and respond to sophisticated cyberattacks with behavioral detection, RDP protection, anti-phishing, decoy files, shadow copies, computer isolation, threat hunting, and more.
Strengthen Your Gateway
Blocking ransomware at the gateway before it spreads to different parts of your network is the best way to keep the bulk of your organization safe against these attacks. WatchGuard network security technologies provide layered security controls such as DNS filtering, gateway antivirus, AI-powered anti-malware, and sandboxing for superior defense against ransomware.
Tighten User Identity Controls
Ransomware attacks typically start with the theft of a user credential that gives an attacker access to the network or a sensitive business account. Identity security needs to be the first line of defense against these attacks. The AuthPoint Multi-Factor Authentication service requires additional factors to prove a user’s identity ‒ denying access by user credentials alone to prevent a breach.