Busi­nesses hun­gry for ran­somware pro­tec­tion

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

DUBAI: The re­cent Wan­naCry and ExPe­trepi­demics have proven to many busi­nesses the crip­pling im­pact of hav­ing their files held at ran­som by cy­ber­crim­i­nals. An as­tound­ing 200,000 sys­tems were af­fected by the Wan­naCry at­tack in 150 coun­tries in May, grind­ing busi­nesses to a halt and in­cur­ring stag­ger­ing costs as com­pa­nies fought to solve the is­sue and get back up and run­ning. Aware­ness of the sever­ity of ran­somware is ris­ing, and against this back­drop, an in­creas­ing num­ber of busi­nesses are now seek­ing to max­i­mize their pro­tec­tion with min­i­mum re­sources. This trend has been brought to light by the fact that 100,000 busi­nesses have down­loaded Kasper­sky An­tiRan­somware Tool in the last 12 months.

Kasper­sky Lab is to­day in­tro­duc­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of its Kasper­sky An­tiRan­somware Tool for Busi­ness, which has been de­vel­oped based on the firm’s 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence at the front­line in the bat­tle against cy­ber­crime, to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing the lat­est best-of-breed anti-ran­somware tech­nol­ogy to busi­nesses for free. While the ‘Global IT Se­cu­rity Risks Sur­vey 2017’ from Kasper­sky Lab and B2B In­ter­na­tional has re­vealed that the to­tal fi­nan­cial im­pact of a ran­somware at­tack on a com­pany can amount to $713,224 on av­er­age, this up­dated tool means busi­nesses that don’t ‘Wan­naCry’ about ran­somware threats don’t have to.

Top ran­somware fam­i­lies de­tected by Kasper­sky Anti-Ran­somware Tool: 63% of the to­tal ran­somware de­tec­tions were Wan­naCry. Kasper­sky Anti-Ran­somware Tool for Busi­ness is com­pat­i­ble with third­party se­cu­rity prod­ucts, easy to in­stall,and does not re­quire busi­ness users to have deep tech­ni­cal knowl­edge to con­fig­ure and man­age it. It al­lows com­pa­nies that do not use Kasper­sky Lab’s so­lu­tions to try ad­vanced anti-ran­somware tech­nolo­gies with no fi­nan­cial out­lay.

The tool in­cludes Kasper­sky Lab’s Sys­tem Watcher com­po­nent, which de­tects sus­pi­cious ran­somware ac­tiv­i­ties, cre­ates a tem­po­rary backup of at­tacked files, and rolls back ma­li­cious changes, leav­ing the sys­tem un­af­fected. Kasper­sky An­tiRan­somware Tool for Busi­ness also lever­ages Kasper­sky Se­cu­rity Net­work, which en­ables the de­liv­ery of Kasper­sky Lab se­cu­rity in­tel­li­gence in a mat­ter of sec­onds, while rul­ing out false pos­i­tives and main­tain­ing high lev­els of pro­tec­tion.

“The re­cent Wan­naCry and ExPetr epi­demics were an un­for­tu­nate re­minder that the ran­somware prob­lem is real and can se­verely af­fect any com­pany in the world. And the fact that 100,000 com­pa­nies have al­ready down­loaded the Kasper­sky An­tiRan­somware Tool shows that busi­nesses are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly wor­ried and aware of the prob­lem. Given the size of the es­ti­mated fi­nan­cial im­pact from ran­somware, we en­cour­age ev­ery busi­ness to check that they have the right se­cu­rity so­lu­tion en­abled.

Com­pa­nies that doubt their se­cu­rity so­lu­tion is ca­pa­ble of com­bat­ing the lat­est ran­somware threats, can put the new Kasper­sky Anti-Ran­somware Tool to work to test ad­vanced anti-ran­somware tech­nolo­gies,” com­ments Vladimir Zapolyan­sky, Head­ofSMB Busi­ness, Kasper­skyLab. Or­ga­ni­za­tions that are look­ing to build on the pro­tec­tion of­fered from the Kasper­sky Anti-Ran­somware Tool can ex­plore Kasper­sky Lab’s com­pre­hen­sive next-gen­er­a­tion se­cu­rity so­lu­tions for busi­ness of any size. Find out more on the Kasper­sky Lab web­site.

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