Employees are the #1 reason you will be a target of ransomware

So how do you prevent your company from becoming victim to harmful malware and ransomware?

The answer is planning now and not waiting until it happens to you.

As an IT Director, your job is to make sure that the network is secure. Unfortunately not all users on the network understand the threats of ransomware, malware and a breach of security on the network. When you have a less than savvy user, who inadvertently clicks on a link, bad things can happen and you can be exposed to cyber-attacks. The average cost of just one of those successful cyber-attacks can be $15.4 million. Any amount can be crucial to your company’s ability to be competitive and stay in business.

With all the products out on the market, our top choice is Cisco’s AMP for Endpoints. Cisco takes the approach that all devices on the network, whether roaming or in-house, needs to be continually monitored so that a security breach can easily and quickly be detected, contained and remediated before damage is done.

4 key areas to protect in advance:

1) Malware Block

Detecting and preventing Malware is the first place to begin. From the get-go, you want to automatically detect and block known and emerging threats in real time using one-to-one signature matching, fuzzy fingerprinting, machine learning, and other detection methods.

2) Continuous Analysis

Once a file lands on the endpoint, your next step is to continuously watch, analyze, and record file activity, regardless of the file’s disposition. When malicious behavior is detected, a product like AMP will show you a recorded history of the malware’s behavior over time: where it came from, where it’s been, and what it’s doing. Then you can stop the file from executing on all endpoints, and remediate with a few clicks.

3) Deep Visibility and Control

Advanced malware can evade your defenses and get inside. We recommend you choose a product that gives you the deepest visibility and control to protect against advanced threats that slip by your front-line defenses. See into executable and file activity, and remediate malware with a few clicks.

4) Threat Intelligence and Sandboxing

Cisco Talos group analyzes millions of malware samples and terabytes of data per day, and pushes that intelligence to AMP. What this means to you, is that when you choose a product like this, you’re protected 24/7. Also, advanced sandboxing capabilities perform automated static and dynamic analysis of files against 500+ behavioral indicators to uncover stealthy threats.

Unfortunately you’ll never be able to prevent 100% of attacks, but when partnered with a technology solution provider who has spent years mastering the network, has the right certification and can help you gain the visibility into file activity that you need to quickly spot attacks that slip by front-line defenses. To learn more on how to remediate malware go here…

 

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Sources: http://blogs.cisco.com/security/endpoint-protection-platform-epp-vs-endpoint-detection-response-edr; http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/fireamp-endpoints/index.html