Together in the fight against ransomware

    The latest research and guidance on building a ransomware resilience strategy.

    United against ransomware

    Large or small, high profile or not, no business, government, agency, or institution is immune to ransomware. The time has come to fight back together using every tool at our disposal – from technology and partnerships to intelligence sharing and policy.

    Join Mimecast in the effort to stand strong against a determined set of adversaries and create a long-term approach to mitigating ransomware risk.

    Agency Guidance

    Ransomware agency guidance

    Learn from institutions setting standards for enhanced security, resiliency, and reliability in the enterprise and public sector.

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    Government Resources

    International government resources

    We've gathered resources from across the globe to help you navigate ransomware locally.

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    Ransomware FAQs

    What is ransomware?

    Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts its victims’ devices so that the data is no longer accessible or usable. The attacker then demands a ransom payment from the victim, usually in the form of Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency, to provide a key that will unencrypt files. According to the Ransomware Task Force, ransomware is prevalent and destructive, with increasingly dangerous physical consequences. Hospitals, school districts, city governments, public infrastructure, and countless other organizations have found their networks and data held hostage by malicious actors seeking monetary gain.

    How can organizations prevent ransomware?

    With implementation and configuration of the right cybersecurity tools, you can minimize your risk of ransomware attack. For example, NIST recommends maintaining good patching hygiene, and limiting app and device access. See more in the NIST infographic and other resources to protect against ransomware.

    Why is an ecosystem a strong defense against ransomware?

    Ransomware is a complex problem; it enters organizations in a number of different ways, and it can even be difficult to attribute a specific attack to any one group – according to Krebs on Security, some of the most destructive and costly ransomware groups are now in their third incarnation. The answer does not lie with a single solution, entity, or idea.

    Instead, it lies with the collective power of organizations committed to regaining control. Organizations need layered defense, including but not limited to end-user training resources; resources for IT and security staff; partnerships designed to deliver end-to-end ransomware protection; and integrated, cloud-based solutions designed to prevent email-based ransomware, educate employees, and speed recovery.

    What are the impacts of a ransomware attack?

    Ransomware can be devastating to an individual or an organization. Some victims pay to recover their files, but there is no guarantee that they will recover their files if they do. In fact, according to Mimecast’s State of Email Security, 52% paid the ransom, but more than a third never received their data back.

    CISA’s ransomware guide notes that ransomware incidents can severely impact business processes and leave organizations without the data they need to operate and deliver mission-critical services. Not only have monetary values of ransom payment demands increased, but ransomware incidents have also become more destructive to organizations through downtime and loss of productivity. And brands are starting to face greater reputational damage following the attack.

    API Ecosystem

    Build a comprehensive ransomware resilience strategy

    We all have a role to play in fighting ransomware: Executive-level leaders must foster a strong cybersecurity culture, and IT security professionals need the ability to prevent, detect, and recover from attacks.

    How can organizations be prepared? By building a comprehensive ransomware resilience strategy, one integration at a time. Learn how Mimecast uses the power of together to help you do just that. Through partnership, one of the industry's largest libraries of open APIs, and best-in-class email security, awareness training, and email continuity technology, we’re helping companies like yours stand strong in the face of ransomware.

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