|By Guest Blogger:
James Tappenden, Marketing Executive, TSG
The spooky Halloween season has passed us by, with many of us dressing up as our favourite horror movie characters. I’ve seen everything, including; Michael Myers, Jason, zombies, Dracula and even “Cereal Killers” (yes, I witnessed somebody dressed as a murderous box of Weetabix – ingenious!) But how many of you noticed anyone dressed as Ransomware? How would you even identify someone dressed as Ransomware? Exactly!
Unfortunately, Ransomware is not a fictional villain. It exists in the digital world we all live and work in today. But how is it such a destructive force that has affected so many small, medium and large businesses? And more importantly, how can you protect your business from such chaos?
The answer is simple: Sophos Intercept X.
What is Ransomware?
Ransomware comes in various forms, such as Cryptolocker, Teslacrypt, Lockscreen and Cryptowall. It’s a malicious malware virus that blocks access to your business’s digital assets. More specifically, it encrypts sensitive, private and business-critical files, and the hacker responsible holds these files to ransom.
So, first and foremost, how can you decrypt the files?
In many cases, you can’t. The second the attack is made, the damage is done. Once the files are encrypted, the hacker will request payment for release of your files in the form of Bitcoins. The equivalent value may equate to hundreds, if not thousands of pounds, depending on the size of your business and the resilience of the hacker. Once paid, the understanding is that the files will be released and restored, but would you trust a hacker to live up to their word? Me neither…
How does Ransomware get onto my computer?
The infiltration process can be very simple, something you wouldn’t think twice about. You could, for example, insert an infected USB stick into your computer – the equivalent of plugging Freddie Kruger into your computer. It’s going to end badly. Other methods including opening attachments in emails. This might sound obvious to those of us who are familiar with suspicious-looking emails, but modern Ransomware is increasingly discrete. You could receive what appears to be a legitimate email from your line manager and again, it’s game over once the document is opened.
What is Sophos Intercept X?
This is the John McClane of the antivirus world. The hero, the saviour (minus the Die Hard-style explosions and destruction). Intercept X has the ability to prevent Ransomware at every stage. If you open an email attachment, the Ransomware virus hidden inside will attempt to encrypt your files. When this happens, Intercept X steps in and blocks any further attacks to the entire computer. If your files have been encrypted, Intercept X will decrypt your files instantly – the damage will be reversed, and it’s like it never happened. This is the new patented Sophos technology of Cryptoguard. It’s probably easier to think of it as magic and fairy dust than to explain its inner workings – all we need to know is that we are safe with Intercept X.
That’s not all Intercept X can do – After an attack is attempted and Intercept X has worked its magic, the Root Cause Analysis tool allows you to see exactly where and how the virus infiltrated your system, and it sets up further protection so that this is less likely to happen in the future.