Can highly protected email really protect me from a Ransomware attack?
Average company now compromised every four days, with no end to the cybercrime wave in sight [Ranger]. These faceless attackers target your employee email, email links and any type of download that can infect the network and steal your data.
The most common type of attack is called a Ransomware where the attacker successfully infects your system, steals your data and demands a sum of money in exchange for the return of your data. Cyber infections and downloads can take place inn under 30 minutes, leaving the business (and the poor employees who downloaded the link) prisoner to the online attackers demands.
So, what should a business do to avoid online, cyber and ransomware attacks?
Hackers constantly modify their strategies and techniques to evade detection and reach corporate resources. Zero-day protection from Check Point provides a deeper level of inspection that isolates an email, checks for infected links, and hands the email over to the user once the email is cleared of potential threats. In fact, Check Point gives this process a name and it is called, “SandBlast”.
At Qubit Networks, we work with solutions like SandBlast because of their ability to detect a possible infection, isolate and destroy before it ever gets to the user.
In choosing SandBlast, it had to over the following challenges. Take a look:
Challenge No. 1: Can Zero-Day Attacks Be Detected?
When tested, multiple attacks against SandBlast Threat Prevention Solution were made. And guess what! SandBlast stopped all of them. This conclusion actually matches what we hear from our customers, and what we see in other tests we’ve participated in. Just recently, NSS Labs acknowledged our zero-day protection solution and rated it “Recommended” for the second consecutive year.
Challenge No. 2: Can Advanced Attacks Be Blocked Before They Happen?
The success behind SandBlast’s ability to detect threats is linked to Threat Emulation and Threat Extraction, and how they contribute to the broader Check Point offering. Emulation (sandboxing only) can be a cat-and-mouse game between malware authors and security vendors. For exactly this reason he found the duo of detection together with prevention (Threat Emulation and Threat Extraction) extremely effective. Together, they work hand in hand to block attacks, proactively isolate potential exploits and eliminate the cat-and-mouse chase.
In our opinion: “SandBlast covers email-based attachments, phished emails, embedded links in documents, bad websites and malware already installed on your endpoints. This is very comprehensive, and why the product has merit.”
Challenge No. 3: How Easily Can It Be Managed?
We have always invested in the management of our products and we see this as one of our key differentiators. In our view, one of the keys to effective security is the ability to set up and manage your solutions easily. The policy section within the Check Point management console and what you need to do to get the product running, and was pleasantly surprised to find that all you need is one rule.
Challenge No. 4: Is There a High Return on Cost?
The real question is, what would you pay to get your data back from a ransomware attack? What would you pay to know that your email is always protected, proactive and secure? What other alternatives are out there to in-house email set-up, monitoring and maintenance?
There is no easy answer to any of these questions, but Qubit Networks makes it easy to consider a serious alternative. Our Highly-Protected Email offers users a less expensive cloud email option with full zero-day protection.
- Much of the content from this article was taken from David Strom’s article titled, “Can SandBlast Block Unknown Attacks? Challenge Accepted, Network World!” written on 11/15/2016.
- “Phishing, denial-of-service and virus attacks are now a standard part of doing business for most organizations”, ZDNet, Steve Ranger | October 16, 2014