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Storcom's Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™

There is a common misnomer surrounding ransomware. The true damage of ransomware isn’t simply limited to paying a ransom to retrieve data. Ransomware’s total costs include damage, destruction, and loss of data, downtime, lost productivity, disruption to normal business operations after an attack, cyber-forensic investigation, restoring and deleting hostage data and systems, harm to an organization’s reputation and brand, and cybersecurity training for employees as a direct response to the ransomware attack. Executives across the globe are beginning to come to the consensus that ransomware and cybercrimes are the biggest threat to businesses in this digital age.

Many companies end up paying a hefty ransom after being infected with ransomware simply because they don’t have a ransomware mitigation strategy in place before an attack occurs. We can help you with Storcom’s Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™. Storcom can also help mitigate the damage caused by ransomware attacks. We are a high-touch services provider, which means that we walk you through all of the potential outcomes before a ransomware attack and also help you create a game-plan if a worse case scenario occurs to protect your data. In the event of an attack, Storcom can also help you recover your data safely and securely. We understand the financial and operational effects of ransomware, and we don’t want your business to miss a beat due to malware or ransomware.

Storcom’s Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ Process

We start by consulting with you on your goals and conducting a deep dive on your business to understand your company’s specific needs


Next, we assess for gaps in your systems where malware can gain access. We also identify the possibilities of data recovery in the event of a ransomware attack.


Finally, we recommend a roadmap on how to prevent ransomware attacks from occurring.  In addition, we provide ways to recover your data in the event of being infected with ransomware. We leverage best-in-class technologies that fit your needs to ensure your data’s protection in the future.

The Vast Majority of SMBs are Not Prepared for a Ransomware Attack

Don’t let your data fall into the wrong hands. Storcom’s 20-year track record of protecting businesses provides the assurance of reduced risk of downtime due to malware. Executives can stay ahead of the IT curve when partnering with Storcom knowing that their data is secure and protected, and they have peace of mind with Storcom at the helm. If a company’s goal is to safely back up and recover their data before or after a malware or ransomware attack, then Storcom guides our clients through the complicated process with our Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ solution.

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Notable Information About Storcom's ransomware protection solution

  • Storcom has teamed with industry leaders and best-in-class partners to provide turnkey solutions to deliver data protection as-a-service at a cost that makes sense for any business size.
  • Storcom’s solutions are built on the foundation of service-oriented infrastructure.
  • Customers can use Storcom’s private cloud to backup and store their data, or we can simply help you manage on-prem within your own data centers to leverage existing infrastructure.
  • Storcom provides a data recovery solution to solve all common business challenges as they relate to off-site data retention and disaster and malware recovery.
  • We don’t treat all data as equal; operational recovery is vastly different from the formula of traditional data backup and recovery.
  • Storcom’s Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ solution provides a set of tools to give your team insight into capabilities to keep your business running in the event of a ransomware attack and how to prevent it in the first place.

Technical Details of Storcom’s Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ Strategy


Storcom will consult with you on your goals and assess the risk associated with your business in order to implement a successful pathway to data security and protection.

  • Data Protection
    • What level of granularity can data be restored to?
      • RPO
      • RTO
    • How are servers and data being protected?
  • Human Attack Vectors
    • Security awareness training
  • Machine Attack Vectors
    • Security awareness training
  • Current patching automation process
  • What kind of air-gap protection is available?
  • What malware end-point technology is in place today?
  • Current Security Model
    • Site Blocking
    • Cryptojacking Protection
    • Deep Packet Inspection capabilities
    • Mobile Device Protection for Apple and Android
  • External Connectivity
    •  WAN
    •  Internet
    • Data Exchange


Next, not only does Storcom evaluate proactive measures, we also identify all the possibilities of data recovery in the event of a ransomware infection.  This will include looking at your overall strategy today to target vulnerabilities as well as how to address gaps in that strategy which leave your organization vulnerable:

  • What happens before, during, and after an attack as it applies to current threats and current options to protect
    against attacks.
  • Remediation Strategy
  • Proactive Strategy
    • Time and man-hours getting back online
    • Responsibilities to shareholders to keep the business up and running
    • Safety of customers and employees
    • Ransomware payment options
    • Insurance options for ransomware/malware

Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ (RPRR) Deliverable

Finally, Storcom will create your Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™:

  • Proactive ransomware defense strategy
  • What to do if you get infected with ransomware
  • Address major gaps with appropriate technology
  • How to keep up with ransomware protection

In addition, Storcom can implement our Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ and act as your vDPOptimizer (Virtual Data Protection Officer) in order to give you peace of mind that your data is safe and secure in our capable hands.

Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Ransomware

Do I Have a Ransomware Recovery Plan?

If your company does not have a plan in place to recover files and data after a ransomware attack, then Storcom can help you develop a Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ to help you prepare for and prevent an infection.

Can I Afford a Ransomware Attack?

Most small businesses cannot afford a ransomware attack. With the average ransom payment being $133,000, ransomware is a risk that is best avoided and prevented whenever possible. On top of this, an unquantifiable amount of money is lost due to ransomware tarnishing a company’s reputation.

How Long Can My Company Operate if Our Data is Infected?

Most companies cannot operate during a ransomware attack if their files or computers have been locked. Entire systems and critical files are rendered inaccessible and most organizations struggle to keep operations afloat.

Are My Employees Sufficiently Trained in Cybersecurity Threats?

The vast majority of security professionals and CEOs do not feel like their IT teams are sufficiently trained in preventing a cybersecurity threat.  This poses an overall problem when trying to train the general employee population on how to avoid being hit with a ransomware or malware attack. Storcom believes that cybersecurity training is paramount to organizations, and is a company’s first true line of defense in preventing an attack in the first place.

Notable Ways to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

Storcom’s Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ can help our clients protect their companies from ransomware by walking them through the process to achieve the following:

  • Installing active and up-to-date endpoint protection, antivirus, or anti-malware software solutions.
  • Deploying a storage solution that implements point-in-time copies.
  • Installing anti-data encryptors, which can prevent malware from blocking your access to your data.
  • Installing anti-spam, which is paramount for reducing an organization’s exposure to email-borne threats like suspicious links, infected downloads, malicious downloads, malware-filled websites, etc.
  • Installing backup storage solutions for your files either in a cloud or on-prem.
  • Promoting malware awareness and security training to help your company’s employees recognize the types of emails to avoid and which websites are safe to visit. Cybersecurity training for employees is paramount in preventing a ransomware attack in the first place.
  • Consider ransomware/malware insurance to protect your company in the event of a cyber attack.
  • Cyberattack simulations to execute and test security strategies that are in place in a safe and secure manner.

Notable Statistics on Ransomware in 2020

Almost all companies (93%) that have experienced data loss, coupled with prolonged downtime for ten or more days, have filed for bankruptcy within twelve months of the incident, 50% filed for bankruptcy immediately, and 43% of companies with no data recovery and business continuity plan go out of business following a major data loss.

  • Ransomware attacks cost businesses an average of $133,000 in work and data loss and recovery time.
  • $4.6 million: Average cost to recover from a cyberattack for organizations with more than $1 billion in revenue.
  • Small businesses lose close to $2 billion each year due to ransomware.
  • A new company will fall victim to ransomware every 11 seconds by 2021.
  • Nearly half of ransomware viruses are distributed by email.
  • Nearly 70% of businesses pay a ransom when attacked with ransomware.
  • 1.5 million phishing sites are created every single month.
  • 98% of ransom payments are made in the form of Bitcoin; however, less than 1% of executives know how to use Bitcoin.
  • Attacks are increasing at a rate of 350% annually, and malware is becoming more sophisticated with time.
  • American businesses are the hardest-hit: nearly 80% of all ransomware affected businesses in the United States.
  • 41% of companies faced legal action after a security breach.
  • 35% of companies reported brand reputation loss after a ransomware attack.

List of Ransomware in 2020

There are many different forms of ransomware. Since 2005, the number of types of ransomware has increased exponentially. Here is a list of known ransomware being used today:

.CryptoHasYou., 7ev3n, Alpha Ransomware, AutoLocky, Bandarchor, BitCryptor, Booyah, Brazilian, BrLock, Browlock, Bucbi, BuyUnlockCode, Cerber, Chimera, Chinese Ransom, CoinVault, Coverton, Cryaki, Crybola, Cryptear, CryptFIle2, CryptInfinite, CryptoDefense, CryptoHost, CryptoJoker, CryptoLocker, CryptoMix, CryptoTorLocker2015, CryptoWall, CryptXXX, CryptXXX 2.0, CTB-Locker, CTB-Locker WEB, DeCrypt Protect, DMALocker, DMALocker 3.0, EDA2 / HiddenTear, El-Polocker, Enigma, Fakben, Fury, Gomasom, Gopher, Harasom, Hi Buddy!, HydraCrypt, iLock, iLockLight, Jigsaw, Job Crypter, JobCrypter, KeRanger, KeyBTC, KEYHolder, KimcilWare, KryptoLocker, LeChiffre, Linux.Encoder, Locker, Locky, Lortok, LowLevel04, Mabouia, Magic, MaktubLocker, MireWare, MM Locker, Mobef, NanoLocker, Nemucod, Offline ransomware, OMG! Ransomware, Operation Global III, PClock, Petya, PowerWare, RaaS, Radamant, Rakhni, Rannoh, Ransom32, Rector, RemindMe, Rokku, Samas-Samsam, Sanction, Scraper, SkidLocker / Pompous, Sport, Strictor, Surprise, SynoLocker, TeslaCrypt 0.x – 2.2.0, TeslaCrypt 3.0+, TeslaCrypt 4.1A, TeslaCrypt 4.2, TorrentLocker, Troldesh, TrueCrypter, UmbreCrypt, VaultCrypt, Virus-Encoder, Xorist, XRTN, Zlader / Russian, TorrentLocker, TeslaCrypt, WannaCry, ZCryptor, LockerGoga, Locky, Gpcode, TROJ.RANSOM.A, Archiveus, Krotten, Cryzip,  CryptoWall, Cryakl, Scatter, Mor, CTB-Locker, TorrentLocker, Fury, Lortok, Aura, Shade, MayArchive, NotPetya, Petya, Spider, SimpleLocker, SamSam, Ryuck, Reveton, CTB-Locker, Bitcryptor, CoinVault, and KeRanger, GandCrab.

Known List of Ransomware Extensions in 2020

In the beginning of ransomware attacks, .doc, .jpg, .xls, .pdf, and .zip were the most commonly used extensions for transmitting malware. Nowadays, cybercriminals target files that are critical to businesses like database, SQL, CAD, website, virtual desktop, cloud, and tax-related files. There are many different extensions that are being used today to transmit malware and ransomware. Some examples include:

.R5A, .R4A, .encrypt, .locky, .clf, .lock, .cerber, .crypt, .txt, .clf, .coverton, .enigma, .czvxce, .{CRYPTENDBLACKDC}, .scl, .crinf, .crjoker, .encrypted, .code, .CryptoTorLocker2015!, .ctbl, .html, .locked, .ha3, .cry, .crime, .btc, .kkk, .fun, .gws, .keybtc@inbox_com, .kimcilware, .LeChiffre, .locky, oor., .magic, .KEYZ, .KEYH0LES, .crypted, .cbf, .LOL!, .OMG!, .EXE, .RDM, .RRK, .RADAMANT, .kraken, .darkness, .nochance, .oshit, .oplata@qq_com, .relock@qq_com, .crypto, .helpdecrypt@ukr.net, .pizda@qq_com, .dyatel@qq_com, _ryp, .nalog@qq_com, .chifrator@qq_com, .gruzin@qq_com, .troyancoder@qq_com, .AES256, .enc, .hb15, .vscrypt, .infected, .bloc, .korrektor, .remind, .rokku, .encryptedAES, .encryptedRSA, .encedRSA, .justbtcwillhelpyou, .btcbtcbtc, .btc-help-you, .only-we_can-help_you, .sanction, .sport, .surprise, .vvv, .ecc, .exx, .ezz, .abc, .aaa, .zzz, .xyz, .micro, .xxx, .ttt, .mp3, .better_call_saul, .xtbl, .vault, .xort, .trun, .CrySiS, .EnCiPhErEd, .73i87A, .p5tkjw, .PoAr2w, .xrtn, .bitcoinrush@aol.com.xtbl, centurion_legion@aol.com.xtbl.ecc, .ezz, .exx, .zzz, .xyz, .aaa, .abc, .ccc, .vvv, .xxx, .ttt, .micro, .encrypted, .locked, .crypto, .crypt, .crinf, .r5a, .XRNT, .XTBL, .crypt, .R16M01D05, .pzdc, .good, .LOL!, .OMG!, .RDM, .RRK, .encryptedRSA, .crjoker, .EnCiPhErEd, .LeChiffre, .keybtc@inbox_com, .0x0, .bleep, .1999, .vault, .HA3, .toxcrypt, .magic, .SUPERCRYPT, .CTBL, .CTB2, .locky or 6-7 length extension consisting of random characters.


Learn how you can save money on backing up your precious data with Storcom. Storcom’s Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ solution can save your business thousands in the event of a disaster. While you may not be able to foresee an accident or a ransomware attack, you can rest assured that your critical data is safe with Storcom.

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What are the Different Types of Hacking?

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Hackers can access your passwords in a multitude of different ways. The most common methods are shoulder surfing, social engineering, dictionary attacks, and just attempting to guess passwords from information about the user that’s available to them. Email hijacking is widespread. Hackers, spammers, and social engineers taking over control of people’s email accounts (and other communication accounts) has become increasingly more common. Once they control an email account, they prey on the trust of the person’s contacts. Be sure that you protect yourself by being diligent.


We are a Small Company So Why Do We Need to Protect Against Ransomware?

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Ransomware is a major security threat to all businesses and individuals. Ransomware doesn’t discriminate on organization size.

Contrary to popular belief, large companies are not the only targets of ransomware and small-to-mid enterprises are not immune to attacks. Small businesses lose close to $1 billion each year due to ransomware and that number is growing rapidly. Small businesses are not able to sustain prolonged downtime, regulatory fines, or a blow to their reputation. Not to worry, Storcom can help protect or recover our clients’ data.


How Do I Reduce the Risk of Ransomware Attacks?

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The first step to reduce the risk of a ransomware infection is to install endpoint protection software. Endpoint protection software differs from antivirus software since it protects every endpoint that a company has instead of just a single device. This includes protecting your Cloud, servers, network, desktops and laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other IoT devices from cyber attacks. This is your company’s first line of defense against ransomware.

Next, organizations need to ensure that all of their data is backed up either in the Cloud, in a data center, or on your premises. This will help expedite the data recovery process in the event of a ransomware attack.

Storcom’s Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ enables companies to understand their options with endpoint protection software and backup solutions and offerings. Next, companies need to train their employees on cybersecurity threats. Companies who have implemented training on ransomware and malware are statistically less likely to be infected.


How Long Does it Take to Recover from Ransomware?

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Ransomware is a very serious problem, but you can recover with Storcom.

Removing ransomware and malware can be an extremely difficult and time-consuming chore that most companies do not have the internal resources to complete successfully. The timeframe of ransomware mitigation can vary greatly depending upon a number of factors. These factors include: company size, scope of the data that has been compromised, whether or not your servers have been impacted, whether or not your business has ransomware insurance coverage, and a variety of different scenarios that Storcom would discover and analyze when creating your Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™.


How Do I Remove Ransomware?

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Storcom’s team of experts can walk you through a data recovery strategy in order to regain access to your valuable data and information with our Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™.


How Does Ransomware Spread?

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80% of ransomware spreads via email; however, an unsuspecting victim can become infected by visiting malicious websites and other methods. A person can download a file or open an attachment that has been compromised with malware. People are also often infected by malvertising, which is malicious advertising. Malvertising requires little or no interaction from the user, which makes it especially dangerous to businesses. Once malware is in your equipment or servers, then your computer screen may be locked (locker ransomware) or predetermined high-value files like spreadsheets and documents may be encrypted and rendered inaccessible by the virus (crypto locker ransomware).


What Do I Do in the Event of a Ransomware Attack?

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Besides calling Storcom’s Ransomware Recovery team of experts, businesses need to follow their ransomware removal protocol after they have been impacted by ransomware. If your organization does not have a plan in place, then Storcom can help you create your own Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™ prior to a ransomware attack. Ransomware prevention is key since data protection is high on the list of every IT executive and CEO’s business continuity strategy.


What are the Types of Ransomware?

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There are two types of ransomware being used today. The first, and most common, is crypto ransomware which encrypts personal files and data. The second is locker ransomware which is designed to lock a user’s computer in order to prevent victims from using it. Users may see an image on the screen or instructions that demand a ransom payment in order to decrypt and restore their data.


Who Does Ransomware Affect?

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Ransomware affects individuals, small businesses, international conglomerates, non-profit agencies, hospitals, schools, manufacturers, infrastructure and transportation providers, and churches. Basically, anyone can be a victim of a ransomware attack. No industry or sector is immune to ransomware or malware.


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The coming 12 months will bring increasingly aggressive cyber crime activities as malicious actors continue to pivot their ransomware attacks from data encryption to data exfiltration, and with much of the workforce remaining at home until the second quarter at least, the cyber security challenges that were amplified by Covid-19 will persist for the time being. That is according to new research data compiled by data protection specialist Acronis, which has highlighted a number of key trends …

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Cyberattacks have the most impact and are a persistent threat to any organization, especially those leveraging information technology to achieve a competitive advantage. Just look at a few of the headlines over the last six months: “Tech Giant Down After Ransomware Attack,” “Cruise Line Suffered A Ransomware Attack In Which Guest And Employee Data Was Accessed,” “Business Giant Data Leaked After Ransomware Attack.” What is going on? There are so many safeguards available today to prevent thi…

MITRE ATT&CK: The Magic of Segmentation

In cybersecurity, nation states, cyber criminals, hacktivists, and rogue employees are the usual suspects. They fit nicely into categories like external attackers or insider threats.But what about our essential suppliers, partners, and service providers?We rely on them, sometimes inviting them in to help manage our networks and internal systems. It’s easy to overlook them as possible pathways for cyberattacks. But the shocking cyberattack discovered in December shined a bright light on sup…

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