Open DNS now Cisco Umbrella is an additional layer of security that provides the first line of defense against threats on the internet including Malware and Ransomware wherever users go.

Key Features:

      • Increased Performance vs. Internet Provider DNS Service
      • Automatic Protection of Malware, Ransomware and Phishing sites
      • Category based website blocking
      • Bypass codes for users that need access to blocked sites.
      • Usage Reporting

Ransomware is an emerging form of malware that locks the user out of their files or their device, then demands ransom payment in order to regain access.

Watch the following video to learn about the different ways Ransomware can infect your computer and what you can do to prevent it from happening and how to restore your files if it does happen.

How Does It Work?

Experts say that ransomware has a lot to do with exploitation of the human element – like employees, customers, and suppliers. Attackers have many ways to initiate an attack everything from common malvertising and phishing methods to sophisticated thumb drive drop tactics. The infections can begin when users click on links in phishing emails or if malicious ads or compromised sites redirect users to domains hosting exploit kits. Exploit kits can also be delivered via email attachments or infected thumb drives.

When the exploit kit successfully exploits a system, it makes a callback to a ransomware drop host to retrieve the private keys needed to encrypt the endpoint. Most popular exploit kits have to resolve a domain name to an IP address to initiate the callback.

What Can You Do?

Deploying technology offerings and tools designed to combat ransomware alongside comprehensive company-wide strategies can go a long way in preventing – and in the worst case – mitigating a ransomware incident’s impact.

While ransomware is expected to net cybercriminals $1 billion this year, and its growth shows no signs of slowing down, organizations can still win with the right technology on their side.

We can help you reduce your risk of ransomware, starting with an evaluation of your existing security program that, if necessary, will include recommended steps you can take to avoid having your data held hostage by cybercriminals. When you’re ready to ensure your network is optimally protected against ransomware and other threats.


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