As ransomware threats escalate, XDR services provide a reliable option for prevention and detection.

 

With apologies to my favorite wildlife creature/meme/video/viral sensation over the last decade, I’d like to talk about ransomware.

If you think “honey badger don’t care,” wait until your first experience with ransomware. Because ransomware definitely don’t care. (And please don’t sue me for trying to repurpose that phrase).

honey badger

Here’s what I mean by that. Ransomware doesn’t care what industry you’re in. It doesn’t care what type of data you have. It doesn’t care whether you’re a global conglomerate, a mid-sized retail chain, or the Washington D.C. Metro Police. That’s right…it even hits law enforcement!

Ransomware also doesn’t care whether you operate a solitary convenience store or one of the largest fuel pipelines in the US.

Unless you’re sure, don’t click!

Ransomware simply sees you as a nameless, faceless target. And even if you happen to get emotional about ransomware and view its actions as extremely personal, it doesn’t. It’s never personal with ransomware. It’s just “business.”

The only thing ransomware really cares about is getting someone who uses your IT systems to click on an email.  Phishing emails are still the most common method of attack. Typically, an unaware employee (or even a well-trained one) inadvertently opens the wrong email attachment or clicks on a link and sets off a disastrous chain of events. That’s all it takes—one wrong click can be the difference between business as usual or a shuttered business.

Once the ransomware gains access to your private systems and data, the clock starts ticking. If no one (or no tool)  detects the intrusion, all bets are off. If you do detect it, you probably have an hour at most to lock it down and minimize the “blast radius.”

Any delays beyond that timeframe and you can expect your data to be encrypted. At that point, you must be willing to cough up the required ransom payment for the encryption key so you can get your data back.

Stop threats before they impact your business

That’s not a very pleasant scenario to think about. However, there’s a readily available solution. And guess what, it doesn’t care either. Only in this case, that’s a positive trait. Extended Detection and Response (XDR) combines robust endpoint protection capabilities with managed services delivered by highly trained cybersecurity experts. With XDR:

  • It doesn’t matter what type of data you have.
  • It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in.
  • It doesn’t matter what size your business is.

XDR efficiently monitors your IT systems, automatically correlating log data to identify valid threats and then taking any necessary action before they can impact your business. The entire approach is fundamentally designed to prevent potential threats from ever turning into reality.

Offload your cybersecurity burden…and expenses

Perhaps the greatest advantage of XDR is the cost-effective nature of outsourcing your cybersecurity burden. When you have to purchase your own hardware devices, software, and other tools for security, the costs add up quickly. And if you’re lucky enough to find a qualified IT security professional to hire, it won’t be cheap. You also have to factor in the costs of maintenance and upgrades and hiring even more personnel as your business grows.

The result is that many in-house security approaches end up being cost-prohibitive or you end up having to cut too many corners just to stay within your budget. In contrast, XDR gives you immediate access to all the latest top-line security technologies and tools. And you never have to worry about purchasing them, maintaining them, or dealing with product vendors yourself.

Utilizing outsourced XDR managed services also gives you 24/7/365 access to cybersecurity experts at a fraction of the cost it would take to hire your own team. You don’t have to worry about finding qualified candidates, training them, or replacing them when they leave.

If you don’t have the budget, expertise, or stomach to handle cybersecurity on your own, you don’t need to settle for less. When you work with a vendor that’s as tough and determined as the honey badger, consider yourself well protected. Unlike the honey badger, however, we at PDI actually do care.

To learn more about protecting your business from ransomware and other cyberthreats, contact us.