Ransomware has become an increasingly popular and profitable way for cybercriminals to target businesses of all sizes. While many organizations have implemented various security measures to protect their networks, taking a multi-layered approach to combat this ever-evolving threat is essential.
Building a separate Fabric is one way to improve your organization’s defenses against ransomware. A Fabric is essentially a separate domain and forest protected by best security practices and isolated from the rest of the network. The Fabric can be used to store critical data, and it can also be used to run critical services, such as backups and hypervisors.
Here are some steps to consider when building a Fabric to protect against ransomware:
- Assess the Risk: Conduct a thorough risk assessment to identify the potential risks that could lead to a ransomware attack. This includes identifying vulnerable systems, applications, data, and potential attack vectors.
- Design the Fabric: Plan and design the Fabric to meet your organization’s specific needs. This includes deciding on the hardware and software components, network architecture, and security measures that will be implemented.
- Implement Best Practices: Implement best practices in security to protect the Fabric against ransomware. This includes using multi-factor authentication, least privilege access, and network segmentation. Keeping all software updated with the latest security patches is also essential.
- Isolate the Fabric: Isolate the Fabric from the rest of the network to prevent any potential ransomware infections from spreading. This can be done by implementing firewalls, access controls, and network segmentation.
- Monitor and Test: Monitor the Fabric for any signs of ransomware activity, and perform regular testing to ensure that the Fabric functions as intended. This includes testing backups and disaster recovery procedures to ensure that critical data can be recovered during a ransomware attack.
By building a separate Fabric to protect against ransomware, organizations can significantly reduce their risk of falling victim to this attack. However, it’s important to stay vigilant and implement best practices in security to ensure that the Fabric remains protected.
Remember, all it takes is one successful ransomware attack to cause significant damage to your organization’s reputation and finances. Therefore, taking proactive steps to protect your critical data and systems is critical to preventing such an attack.
John O’Neill Sr. rMVP