Sophos Resources to Stop Ransomware

Ransomware keeps evolving, getting faster, smarter – and costlier – at every turn.

With a full-scale ransomware attack costing on average an eye-watering US$1,852,872* it’s essential to know what you’re up against – and how to stay protected.

Know Your Enemy

21% of organizations fell victim to ransomware last year. Don’t join the club.

Train Your Organization

Many ransomware attacks start with a malicious email. Attackers know it only takes one individual to let down their guide for them to get into your organization.

Our anti-ransomware educational toolkit for IT managers gives you free resources to train your users on ransomware, including an organizational checklist, security awareness posters, and an educational video for employees.

Download the Toolkit

Deploy World-Class Protection

Today’s ransomware attacks often combine multiple advanced techniques with real-time hacking. To minimize your risk of falling victim you need advanced protection that monitors and secures the whole attack chain.

Intercept X vs. Ryuk ransomware

See how Sophos technologies work together to disrupt multiple stages of a Ryuk ransomware attack:

Sophos vs ryuk ransomware

Apply Best Practices at All Times

Follow these top tips to minimize your risk of attack:

  • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA)
  • Use complex passwords, managed through a password manager
  • Limit access rights; give user accounts and administrators only the access rights they need and nothing more
  • Make regular backups, and keep them offsite and offline where attackers can’t find
  • Patch early and patch often. Ransomware like WannaCry and NotPetya relied on unpatched vulnerabilities to spread around the globe
  • Lock down your RDP. Turn off RDP if you don’t need it, and use rate limiting, 2FA, or a VPN if you do
  • Ensure tamper protection is enabled – Ryuk and other ransomware strains attempt to disable your endpoint protection

* The State of Ransomware 2021, Sophos