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The US Department of Homeland Security defines ransomware as "a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid". Ransomware is arguably the most widespread and devastating cybersecurity threat currently facing the country. It seems that a ransomware attack manages to make the news at least weekly, if not daily, and the victims hitting continuously closer to home, from our school departments to our grocery stores. Experts have estimated that ransomware costs organizations globally $8 billion in 2018, with a predicted rise to $11.5 billion in 2019. No industry or organization is immune to being targeted for ransomware attacks.
Compass IT Compliance employs a team of highly certified and experienced Ethical Hackers and IT Risk Specialists to assist organizations in mitigating their risk of a breach. Due to the rising threat of ransomware attacks, we've created the Business Resilience Review service to help organizations not only mitigate the risk of ransomware infecting their systems, but also minimize the potential damages and stoppages that would result from a successful ransomware attack. Our Business Resilience Review can be broken down into five areas:
1. Incident Response Plan Review
Compass IT Compliance will review your current incident response plan for completeness and provide any recommendations to assist in making the incident response plan complete, and can also assist in building or updating a plan after the review. Our review will include the following areas:
3. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans
Compass IT Compliance will review your current business continuity and disaster recovery plans for completeness and provide any recommendations to assist in making the business continuity and disaster recovery plans complete.
4. Business Resilience Tabletop Exercises
Compass IT Compliance will assist you in understanding and identifying gaps in response plans through the use of tabletop exercises and documentation that will simulate the threat of security and disaster events without having to experience it for real. Depending on the needs of the organization, this can be a security event such as a ransomware attack, a business continuity event such as a fire or flood, or a combination exercise that allows the organization to utilize both incident response and business continuity during a single test. Both types of tests deal with the identification, assessment, response containment, and recovery of events. These exercises will assist in creating muscle memory for event response and recovery, and gaps identified can be used to improve the plans.
5. Backup and Recovery Procedures
To be able to recover from a security or continuity event, you must have the correct backup and recovery procedures for data. Compass IT Compliance can review your current backup and restore procedures and ensure that timely backups are being taken and proper recovery procedures are followed. We will compare your ability to recover to the RPOs and RTOs in your business continuity plans, and review that critical data, as defined by you, is being backed up.
Let Compass IT Compliance assist your organization in assessing any risks present through our Business Resilience Review so you can mitigate not only your risk of falling victim to a ransomware attack, but also minimize the damage that a successful attack could inflict. Contact us today to discuss your unique situation!