Know how a ransomware attack happens to be best prepared
Ransomware attacks are not just random events. They target specific companies. When a business falls victim to a ransomware attack like Ryuk, a criminal has already done research on the organization and found weaknesses. They then abuse those weaknesses and force the company to send them money. And they won’t go away quietly!
Once cybercriminals pick their target, they usually launch an “advanced persistent threat.” They will send multiple attacks using advanced tools, often over days or weeks. They will search different parts of your business and test any weaknesses they find.
If they see an opening, they will use a blend of ransomware to enter your network and plant “bots” wherever they can. Then they probe undetected while they look for the best data to steal.
An important takeaway: You and your IT department may be unaware you are a target until an attack is underway.
You may only know for sure when you get an email demanding a ransom. The intruder will send proof they’ve entered your network, downloaded a copy of your data and encrypted your original data (if it still exists).