Ransomware Readiness – Understanding and Approach

It is about protection not compliance.  Have you taken the first step?

Hackers commonly use standard approaches to stop your company’s operations by seizing access to your information systems and data until a ransomware payment is made.  Undoubtedly, blocking the cyber systems prevents a company’s operations.  Furthermore, it damages its reputation when client private information is lost. 

Ransomware Readiness is about stopping those hackers, starting with only eighteen basic controls.  The basic controls include conducting backups, monitoring network traffic at the perimeter, training, web browser security, and email filtering.  

Do you know if your basic cybersecurity controls are in place, or would you like a second opinion?  The Servadus team of experts can evaluate your environment’s ability to support essential ransomware readiness. Request an assessment online or book a meeting with our team.

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Ransomware Readiness - Intermediate Level

Ransomware attacks are rising, and the basic steps are just a start.  There are eight common attacks, and methods are continually evolving.  Steps to protect cyber systems and data must also adapt.  The next step to robust security is implementing sixteen additional controls within seven security domains for sustainability.

In addition to basic readiness, Multi-factor authentication, Audit Logs, Approved Software listing, disaster recovery, and redundant systems are a few items to achieve at the intermediate level.  Each control at this level requires more effort to understand, design, and implement.  

Unlike the basic level,  there are multiple approaches at this stage of readiness.  A vital part of the effort is ensuring that your organization’s controls support compliance frameworks.  There may be one master project to implement all the intermediate-level controls, but most likely,  some controls are in place and sustainable.  In that case, the organizational approach can be more individualized for each control needed.  Lastly, you may not know what controls are already working.   

The great news is the Servadus team has expertise with all the controls at this level.   The team can provide expert advice for each control, coordinate technical projects, and determine the gaps in the cybersecurity program at this midpoint in your program, for a discovery call, book a meeting.  If you need to understand organizational preparedness, request a Ransomware Readiness Intermediate Level Assessment. 

Ransomware Readiness - Advanced Level

Working towards an advanced level of readiness is the last step of a cybersecurity maturity model.  This approach is an excellent way to establish the culture that makes for a successful cybersecurity program—the advanced level of readiness include seven of the ten domain with fourteen controls to add or change from the previous two levels.

Patching vulnerabilities quickly, testing incident response more often, and adding risk management are some changes that come with this readiness level.   Like the intermediate readiness level, it takes time and effort to design effective, sustainable controls that support other frameworks in use. 

After implementation, it is time to verify the advanced controls are working and ensure all control levels continue to work in the future.  The goal is to protect the organization for the foreseeable future.   

Servadus enjoys being on the journey to design and implement all aspects of cybersecurity. Additionally, we encourage the use of external assessors to validate a mature and sustainable program.  

Learn more by booking a meeting with the Servadus team, and if ready, order an Advanced Level or Full Ransomware Readiness Assessment. 

CISA Alerts and Statements

Visit CISA’s Stop Ransomware Alerts page for the latest information on Ransomware activity in the United States and worldwide. 

The Assessment Experience

Watch this short video on the Servadus Assessment Experience, then visit our online store to request your Ransomware Readiness Assessment.