The State of Email Security 2018 Report
The latest threats, confidence killers and bad behaviors—and a cyber resilience strategy to fix them
Stop Locky ransomware with Mimecast
Locky ransomware is a new strain of ransom virus – a piece of malware that encrypts files on your hard drive and requires you to pay a fee to decrypt the files. Locky usually arrives as an email with an attachment that looks like gobbledygook. A message in the document advises you to enable macros if the file appears unreadable. If you do so, the macro runs code that saves the Locky ransomware to your drive and encrypts files that may include Office files, videos and images. To get your files back, the Locky ransomware file advises you to go to a page on the dark web where you'll receive instructions for making payment.
The impact of a Locky ransomware attack can be serious. The virus may encrypt any file in any directory on any drive it can access, including servers and other computers. If you are a domain administrator, the Locky ransomware virus can wreak havoc across your entire system.
To protect against ransomware like Locky, you need technology that combines state-of-the-art threat intelligence with user education and tools to block access to malicious links and attachments. That's exactly what you'll find with Mimecast.
Mimecast offers SaaS-based solutions for email security, archiving and continuity that can detect ransomware and other email-borne attacks and prevent users from inadvertently launching them.
Mimecast's anti ransomware technology is available as a subscription service, enabling you to quickly implement defenses against Locky ransomware. As an all-in-one service, Mimecast also provides protection against a broad range of other threats, including viruses, malware, phishing, spear-phishing and impersonation fraud.
To help you avoid ransomware attacks, Mimecast Targeted Threat Protection includes services to block access to URLs and attachments that may contain Locky ransomware or other viruses. Mimecast scans the URLs in every incoming and archived email, blocking access to websites that may be malicious. Suspicious attachments may be sandboxed until they are deemed safe, or rewritten to a safe format and delivered immediately to users. Mimecast also offers end-user awareness tools that train employees to spot signs of Locky ransomware and other advanced threats.
Mimecast helps to recover from a Locky ransomware attack quickly by providing a multipurpose cloud archive for off-site storage of email, files and IM conversations. With the ability to roll back versions of files to a point before the attack was launched, Mimecast neutralizes the impact of a Locky ransomware attack and speeds recovery efforts after an attack. Mimecast continuity services also enable users to continue using email during an outage caused by disaster, hardware failure, human error or an attack.
Learn more about avoiding Locky ransomware with Mimecast.