Windows 10: Ransomware protection on networks Solved

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  1.    4 Days Ago #11

    Hi there
    Perfectly good advice.

    However I feel it still is important to get people always to take timely reliable backups of their systems / data -- this isn't INSTEAD OF of decent A/V protection should be an ADDITION to your measures - especially as whatever A/V system or measures you use reliable backup software is free for most users who don't need a full blown business or specialized backup software.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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       4 Days Ago #12

    Fully agree and I take regular backups, system Images for the System Partitions and conventional file backups for data, using the Pro version of Aomei Backup.

    The protection of Networks, at home specifically, has been largely ignored until the option I mentioned, so thought it was a good idea to offer it as a possibility
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       4 Days Ago #13

    Barman58, could you share the name of this commercial product?

    Do you know if Netgear and BD Anti Malware are looking for beta testers. I have a relatively new Netgear 8500.

    I pretty much agree with all that has been said, AV tools, network intrusion and backups. The thing with backups is to have versions or generations.
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  4.    4 Days Ago #14

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there
    @Garyw
    Hope you weren't too much in trouble with recent storm in Florida.

    Ransomware these days isn't really the problem its made out to be
    Here's a simple relatively NON GEEKY solution to deal with it -- doesn't cost anything either.

    1) Download some Free backup software -- Macrium Free is liked by loads on this forum and its easy to use.
    2) create on USB the bootable rescue media -- easily done from the menu of the backup program
    3) Take an Image backup of your system on to an external HDD. (Take these regularly).
    @jimbo45
    We are far enough inland that we barely had any impact. A little rain, light winds and a lot of clouds.
    I have always been a backup fanatic. I wish I could convince my clients to do so. I back up the data on my main system to File History daily, to an other system weekly, and clone the data drive to an external H.D monthly. Most of my daily use files are on OneDrive.

    The system gets backed up to another drive bi-weekly (going to change that to weekly), and cloned to an external drive monthly.

    @Barman58
    Anti-malware on a router sounds very interesting. Please keep us informed.
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       4 Days Ago #15

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    Barman58, could you share the name of this commercial product?

    Do you know if Netgear and BD Anti Malware are looking for beta testers. I have a relatively new Netgear 8500.

    I pretty much agree with all that has been said, AV tools, network intrusion and backups. The thing with backups is to have versions or generations.
    NETGEAR Armor powered by Bitdefender | NETGEAR is the actual product link there is currently a 90 day (I think) trial offer from Netgear themselves
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       4 Days Ago #16

    Thanks
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  7.    1 Day Ago #17

    To protect your organization from a ransomware attack, it is critical to have an officially documented plan that details what must be done to prevent attacks. Be sure to include these six strategies:
    1. Employee training: Your ransomware prevention plan should include training employees on what ransomware is and the method attackers primarily use to initiate attacks phishing. This training should be conducted regularly.
    2. Patch servers, devices and apps: Organizations must have a process for patching servers, network devices and applications. Many organizations do not stay up to date on patching their applications. Attackers know this, and they primarily target them. Patching progress, procedures and policies should be reviewed for effectiveness monthly or quarterly.
    3. Antivirus tools on end points: You should also have a plan to use antivirus on your end points. Focus on using tools that can track suspicious behavior because many ransomware attacks are specifically designed to avoid being detected by signature-based antivirus programs. Also, make sure to have some type of web filter that can prevent drive-by infections. These types of infections are becoming more popular and are simple all a user needs to do is browse to a specific website that has the malicious code, and they can become infected.

    4. Back up your data: Many organizations that have paid a ransom did so because they did not properly back up their data. Your backup process must be documented. Include your recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) in your disaster recovery plan, and test it each year to verify the objectives can be met. It is essential for business leaders and stakeholders to provide input into what an acceptable RPO and RTO is. Without their input, the possibility of having to pay a ransom increases.
    5. Test your backups: You should test your backups regularly to verify all critical data is backed up. Also, it is important to make sure your backup data is protected from ransomware attacks. With the popularity of network-based backups, many organizations run their backup devices on the same network or VLAN as their standard production network. This should be avoided to prevent your backup data from being a victim of a ransomware attack.
    6. Conduct vulnerability assessments: Vulnerability assessments that holistically review the security posture of an organization are beneficial in preventing a ransomware attack. The assessor should be made aware of the concern of a ransomware attack and should consider vulnerabilities in not just applications or servers but also organizational procedures and policies. These assessments should verify that the appropriate procedures to prevent ransomware attacks are being followed consistently. Vulnerability assessments should be done on an annual basis.
    7. Monitor and alert for suspicious activity: Any plan to prevent a ransomware attack must include procedures for monitoring and alerting for suspicious activity. Monitoring a network is an ongoing process and must be done daily. Many organizations have very expensive security tools in their environment, but their logs or events are not monitored, making these tools ineffective. A process for having security staff review is important for detecting or preventing a ransomware attack.
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