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Protecting Against Ransomware: Zero Trust Security For a Modern Workforce

One of the worst outcomes of a lack of a strong zero trust security foundation is a ransomware attack. The modernization of ransomware, coupled with Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), has made it incredibly easy for attackers to launch a ransomware attack, which becomes an incredibly difficult problem to solve. Human error underlies the success of most attacks. In our guide, Protecting Against Ransomware: Zero Trust Security for a Modern Workforce, we walk you through the anatomy of an attack and how you can protect your organization. 

Officially classified as cyber terrorism, we’ve now seen large-scale ransomware attacks on everything from government, to healthcare, to supply chains, education and financial institutions. The reality is that ransomware is not going away any time soon, and the best offense is a good defense — and the best defense begins with trusted access based on zero trust principles. 

Companies that have not strengthened their security posture for this change or fortified their internal security education create an easy way in for bad actors. Gartner reports that 57% of breaches involve employee/third-party negligence. According to ZDNet, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is the number one exploit that threat actors leverage to gain access to Windows computers and install ransomware and other malware, followed by email phishing and VPN bug exploits. 

The good news is that Gartner reports 90% of ransomware is preventable. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is the key to preventing password credentials from being stolen and unwanted access from being granted, and the first step to achieving a zero trust framework.

In this guide you will learn:

  • Why remote work has colluded with the increase of ransomware attacks
  • A step-by-step look at how ransomware attacks work
  • The history and rise of ransomware gangs
  • How ransomware has matured into a full-fledged business
  • How to adopt zero trust principles through trusted access and MFA as protection against ransomware

Zero trust assumes a breach will happen. The modern workforce is more mobile than ever before. Users and devices can connect from anywhere — so companies must protect them everywhere. A zero trust security model establishes trust in users and devices through authentication and continuous monitoring of each access attempt, with custom security policies that protect every application.

Download the guide Protecting Against Ransomware: Zero Trust Security for a Modern Workforce, and learn how zero trust can help stop ransomware before it ever starts.