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What are you doing to prepare for the future of ransomware?

Think back to May 2017, when WannaCry ransomware created a nightmare, hitting more than 200,000 users across 150 countries. With wide variety of products like BYOD and IoT, there is a serious concern at every enterprise to quickly identify the source of threat and mitigate the risk of losing or exposing an organization’s sensitive data.

According to Verizon, 2018 Data Breach Investigations report, ransomware is one of the top varieties of malicious software, found in 39% of cases where malware was identified. Attackers use various techniques to gain computer access and encrypt user files or convert them into a format that users cannot access.

WannaCry is believed to be one of the biggest cyber-attacks ever recorded. Users are locked out of access to their systems and demanded to make payments between $300 to $600.

Here’s another one: GoldenEye. This is a variant of the Petya ransomware which affected users and systems globally. This ransomware spreads by using a vulnerability in implementation of server message block (SMB) in outdated or unmatched software in Windows systems.

These ransomware attacks often target critical systems and services, such as hospitals, manufacturing, and information systems used in federal government…and the industry list goes on. Users must be prepared to defend themselves by keeping their system patches up to date. This includes all devices that are connected to computer systems such as mobile devices, smart phones, tablets and Internet of Things devices.

Pulse Secure helps in preventing ransomware by using the Host Checker compliance checks on both Pulse Connect Secure (SSL VPN) and Pulse Policy Secure (NAC.) Administrators can create policies to check vulnerability assessment of the client machines connected to the network, if any vulnerabilities are detected, end user access gets automatically remediated to mitigate the risk.

The risk associated with malware infections is always present, as risk cannot be eliminated completely. With the exponential growth of IoT, cloud applications, and other technologies, it’s now crucial more than ever for organizations to safeguard and apply multiple security policies as a layered solution. Pulse Secure has you covered. Learn more about Pulse Policy Secure 9.0, our network access control solution, which enables comprehensive network protection across data center and hybrid IT.