Ransomware is delivered in two common ways: phishing emails and drive-by downloads. The first method intends to convince the user to click on malicious links or attachments. In the second method, the malicious code automatically downloads from the Internet, runs without the user’s consent, and infects the computer system!!
What is a ransomware attack?
It is a type of malware that enters the system without the user’s knowledge and encrypts the data. The victim needs to pay a ransom to get the decryption key for encrypted data files. If he does not give a ransom, the files remain unavailable to the victim.
It adds a unique extension like .xyz, .xxx, .encrypted to data files within each drive. These encrypted files start displaying instructions on how to pay the ransom for a decryption key. It attempts to spread to the connected nodes (computers, storage media) after the initial infection.
How many types of Ransomware attacks?
This type of cyber-attack hijacks the systems’ access rights. Access denies when the system user attempts to unlock his device.
As the name suggests, this type of cyber-attack enters the device, identifies the drives on it, and encrypts the residing data files making them inaccessible to the system user.
What is endpoint security software – SentinelOne?
It is a program that protects your device (desktop, laptop, and server) from viruses and other cyber-attacks intended to steal your sensitive information for financial gains.
Top features of SentinelOne Ransomware protection:
- Activity Tracking
- Behavioural Analysis
- Whitelisting / Blacklisting
How does SentinelOne protect business resources against ransomware?
This protection software can kill offending processes. It quarantines files and scripts, recognizes the behaviour of malicious codes, and prevents your data from encryption.
If the files were encrypted, the SentinelOne tool rolls back the Windows systems to their initial state. Hence, the infected files restore without paying ransom to the hacker.
How good is SentinelOne customer support?
The company offers excellent 24/7 support to their customers via phone call, chat, help desk, email, forums, and FAQs.
Seven other solutions against ransomware attacks (free and paid):
SentinelOne is the next-gen software, the perfect choice for small (11-50 employees), medium (201-500 employees), and large enterprises (501-1000 employees). It is the best package for companies and organizations looking for a single platform for all security solutions.
Besides SentinelOne protection, many other tools are available in the market today. These tools have specially designed for individuals and small businesses.
- CrowdStrike Falcon
- ManageEngine Vernurability Manager Plus
- Trend Micro RansomBuster
- Webroot Secure Anywhere
- Bitdefender Antivirus Plus
How to prevent your business data and networks from ransomware infection?
- Maintain regular backup of your computer data.
- Store your data backups at separate locations.
- Train your employees for cybersecurity awareness.
- Update OS and application programs installed on your machine.
- Be careful while clicking links or entering the website address.
- Avoid email attachments from an unknown sender.
- Keep your high-value information safe.
- Use preventive software like SentinelOne protection.
If your system infects with ransomware, never pay the ransom. Immediately report this incident to your regional security office. Isolating the infected computer and turning off all other connected devices will prevent its spreading across the network. Change all the passwords of your system when the IT team has removed ransomware.