Mitigating the Risk of Encryption Ransomware Threat

With ransomware attacks growing in both number and sophistication, organizations need a solid, multi-layer defense strategy that helps them block attacks and quickly discover any infections in progress, so they can limit the impact on data and operations. A solid file backup and recovery process is of top importance among these measures.

See how Netwrix Auditor helps you reduce the damage from crypto-ransomware

Control user privileges

Most encryption ransomware can encrypt only the data that the user who activated the payload has permissions to access. Therefore, limiting each user's access rights to that user's role in keeping with the least privilege principle is a solid strategy for narrowing ransomware's ability to cripple your files. Netwrix Auditor enables effective control over user account permissions by reporting on all of the following:

Control Group Policy that regulates applications running

Encryption ransomware can have any file extension, including .bat, .msi or .exe. Blocking the typical ransomware extensions in your Software Restriction Policy is a good security measure that helps you prevent malware from running. Netwrix Auditor keeps you informed about any removals of file extensions from the policy list. It also reports about all registry key changes that might indicate ransomware attempting to enable the autorun service.

Software restriction policy
Review the Software Restriction Policy Changes report to learn about any changes to the list of restricted file extensions. Review other predefined Group Policy change reports to control any improper additions into your application whitelists.
Software restriction policy
Registry key changes

Detect anomalies in user activity

When crypto-ransomware manages to avoid detection by antimalware solutions and starts running, time is critical to limiting the scope of the damage. The earlier you can figure out that something is happening to your data, the sooner you can contain the situation and the less data you will lose. Netwrix Auditor audits all user activity on your file servers and enables timely detection of anomalies that may indicate ransomware on the loose.

User activity summary
Review the User Activity Summary report to detect suspiciously high numbers of file reads, failed read attempts, file changes and file deletions, any of which can be indicative of crypto-ransomware in operation. The report also shows you the user account whose access rights were used to encrypt your data.
User activity summary
Alerts through SIEM Integration

Optimize the data recovery process

Recovering from a crypto-ransomware attack usually requires restoring data from a backup kept isolated from your network. Netwrix Auditor helps you identify the affected files to enable a faster, more efficient granular restore.

All file server activity
Review the All File Server Activity report to see detailed information on which files were accessed, changed or deleted on your file servers during a certain time period and under which user account those changes were made.
All file server activity
Deleted files and folders