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Overview

Comprehensive support for ransomware defence

While completely preventing ransomware attacks is nearly impossible, strategic steps can help to neutralise them and mitigate their potential damage and disruption.

Kroll provides ransomware preparedness assessments to identify and track down any vulnerabilities that ransomware actors could exploit.

Kroll’s ransomware assessments enable your organisation to reduce the potential harm of ransomware attacks by examining 14 crucial security areas and attack vectors. This allows you to build smarter defences, close exploitable gaps, better safeguard sensitive data and more quickly respond and recover from an attack.

Our methodology focuses on the cyber kill chain, including remote access configuration, phishing prevention, email and web protections, access controls, endpoint monitoring and end user awareness. This gives you a tailored set of recommendations to enable your organisation to deflect, detect or respond to ransomware.

Service features

Expert ransomware preparedness services

Our ransomware preparedness services include:

Ransomware risk assessments
Discover your organisation’s vulnerabilities and the specific steps required to take effective action with our structured ransomware assessments.
Proven methodology
Our experts start by focusing on controls, processes and technology solutions to reduce the likelihood of ransomware-based attacks. We then conduct remote interviews with technical teams to assess the secondary defensive measures to defend against email-based attacks.
24/7 support and assistance
In the event of a ransomware attack, our experienced global team of cyber incident response experts are available to provide remote and on-site support around-the-clock.
Actionable recommendations
Our ransomware risk assessment process concludes with a customised set of recommendations to help your organisation deflect, detect or respond to a ransomware attack. This provides specific insight to support strategic next steps and planning for the future.
35%
of Kroll cases in 2021 Breach Outlook were ransomware
10%
of all breaches include ransomware
37%
of organisations fell victim to ransomware in 2021

Critical security areas

The 14 critical security areas

Kroll’s ransomware preparedness assessment helps your organisation avoid ransomware attacks by examining 14 crucial security areas and attack vectors. These include:

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FAQ

Ransomware Preparedness Assessment FAQs

What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of malware designed to cause widespread disruption by infecting multiple systems on a network, locking down machines and demanding a ransom for their return or decryption.

What is ransomware preparedness?

Ransomware preparedness is the strategy an organisation takes to protect itself against ransomware attacks. An effective approach combines fundamental security practices with customised strategies developed through a ransomware preparedness risk assessment.

How can an assessment help to neutralise and mitigate ransomware attacks?

A strategic ransomware assessment helps your organisation to avoid ransomware attacks by evaluating a range of crucial security areas and attack vectors. This allows you to build smarter defences, close exploitable gaps, better safeguard sensitive data and more quickly respond to and recover from an attack. A high-quality preparedness assessment should also give you a tailored set of recommendations to enable your organisation to deflect, detect or respond to a ransomware attack in the future.

What’s involved in a ransomware risk assessment?

An effective ransomware preparedness assessment will first focus on controls, processes and technology solutions to reduce the likelihood of attacks. This includes steps such as analysing firewall and network device configurations for security weaknesses, reviewing user activity logging and audit configurations and reviewing access and privileged access controls. It should also involve assessing the secondary measures an organisation has in place to defend against email-based attacks.

How long does a ransomware risk assessment take?

Each organisation has its own unique risk profile, so the duration of your ransomware risk assessment will vary accordingly. A good risk assessment provider will provide an estimate of potential duration with you as part of the scoping stage. This will ensure that the assessment provides the best results while minimising organisational disruption.

What initial steps can companies take to protect themselves against ransomware?

While completely preventing ransomware attacks is nearly impossible, security and risk management professionals can take proactive steps to neutralise them or mitigate the damage they can cause. Basic cyber hygiene remains fundamental. A key aspect of this is accurately and regularly documenting the entire configuration of networks.

Organisations should build on this with six key security steps which can deliver immediate layers of protection from ransomware:

  • Implement least privilege policies for data/system access
  • Delete unused email addresses
  • Enforce robust password policies
  • Implement multifactor authentication
  • Create, update, segregate and protect viable backups
  • Whitelist safe applications
  • Accurately map network configurations

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  • Recognised by CREST and the PCI Council
  • Global team of cyber risk experts
  • >3,200 security incidents responded to every year

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15th August 2022
Ransomware data theft increase helping to drive BEC attacks
A sharp rise in corporate data stolen by ransomware groups is helping to fuel business email compromise (BEC) attacks, according to new research.  
8th August 2022
One in three organisations experience weekly ransomware attacks
A new report has revealed that one in three organisations in the UK and the US are affected by a ransomware attack at least once a week, with almost 10% experiencing them more than once a day.  
1st August 2022
Data breach costs reach record levels
A new report has revealed that the average cost of a data breach around the world is now $4.35m. As an increase of almost 13% compared with 2020, this creates a new record.  
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Enterprises failing to plan for supply chain threats
A new report highlights that enterprises are failing to plan effectively for supply chain risks and cyber security threats.