Ransomware - Quick Itemised Help List

May 31, 2017

Below are some ways to protect yourself and your organisation.  Some of these recommendations can be implemented immediately to reduce any upcoming attack along with a more long term future proof solution(s). One being Sophos Intercept X - if you already have Intercept X you are protected.


Server Access and Systems

  • Appropriate fire-walled access to your servers

  • System Backups and Disaster Recovery plan in place (tested and documented)

End Points

  • Advise users to be vigilant and do not open any suspicious email or attachments – if in doubt call the help desk

  • Ensure your users are saving their data to areas where it will be backed up – away from laptops where the single point of failure is the disk

  • Patch early and patch often to reduce the risk.

  • Execution – disable any non-used apps, for example PowerShell, macros, wscript, js, hta

    • By reducing the amount of applications, there is less chance of malformed code being executed as a memory drop.

Email Gateway

  • If possible – check if you can block, for example HTA and Java, system config files and exe’s to reduce the attack vector

Anti-Ransomware solution from Sophos – Called Intercept X

  • Sophos Intercept X is a fully functioning Anti-Ransomware solution

  • Globelink are happy to spin up a 30 day trial for up to 100 users to help.

  • If you are running Intercept X none of the weekend’s events would have affected you – for more information please do contact Globelink.

Sophos SandStorm on the perimeter

  • This will detonate unseen or suspicious packets in  bound to your network before reaching your organisation’s infrastructure

Globelink is a Sophos Synchronised Security Partner, only one of a few within the UK.  We will be working with and assisting all of our customers to identify any vulnerabilities present within your infrastructure.


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