Ransomware Resilience Assessment


Most organizations are highly dependent on information technology to enable their daily operation and fulfill their mission. A successful ransomware attack can bring those operations to a grinding halt. Sensitive data can also be stolen and leaked in double extortion attacks.


Secura’s Ransomware Resilience Assessment shows you exactly how vulnerable your organization is to ransomware attacks and provides actionable advice on how you can improve your ransomware resilience.

On this page, you will learn about:

  1. The rise and risk of Ransomware;
  2. The Ransomware Resilience Assessment to raise your cyber resilience;
  3. Other related services that are relevant to raise your ransomware resilience even more;
  4. Start right away to increase your ransomware resilience.
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The rise and risk of Ransomware

In the last decade, ransomware has evolved from a nuisance for individuals to an existential threat for most organizations. The prevalence of ransomware attacks can be explained by cybercrime economics, as ransomware attacks result in substantial profit margins without a significant risk of apprehension. As long as the incentives to perform ransomware attacks continue to outweigh the risks for cybercriminals, the threat of ransomware is expected to increase in number and in size.

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How does a Ransomware Attack work?

A ransomware attack can start with an untargeted infection of an individual system with commodity malware. The access to infected systems within an organization's networks can be sold multiple times in the cybercrime underground by initial access brokers. The value of initial access to networks varies depending on factors such as the privileges that have been obtained and the revenue of the organizations involved.

The level of access can first be expanded and ultimately monetized by encrypting files on all compatible assets in an organization's IT infrastructure by a ransomware group or affiliate. Many ransomware groups specifically target critical business processes through double extortion by targeting the availability of mission-critical systems and confidentiality of sensitive data to impose the maximum costs on organizations.

A Ransomware Resilience Assessment

Secura has developed a client-centered and risk-based methodology to assess how vulnerable organizations are to ransomware attacks and to provide actionable advice to raise their cyber resilience. The Ransomware Resilience Assessment consists of a tightly integrated combination of security services that are part of a holistic approach that takes people, process, and technology into account.

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People

The human factor can be the weakest link in an organization's security, but it can also act as the first layer of defense against ransomware attacks. In the Ransomware Resilience Assessment, your employees' awareness is assessed through a controlled (simulated) phishing attack. Based on our extensive experience, we have developed various realistic phishing scenarios. The phishing simulation provides a measurable and repeatable way to determine how employees' awareness contributes to the organization's overall ransomware resilience. Through the assessment, we also offer guidance to employees on how they can recognize and report phishing e-mails in the future.

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Process

To assess your organization's resilience against ransomware, Secura’s experts will ascertain how your business-critical processes are entwined with IT/OT assets and how they depend on the broader IT/OT environment. We will assess your cybersecurity maturity to provide clear insight into your current maturity scoring. The assessment builds on a ransomware-specific profile of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and covers each of the stages of dealing with an attack: identify, protect, detect, respond and recover. Our Ransomware Resilience Assessment shows you the gaps to attain the desired maturity level.

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Technology

Secura continuously monitors the tactics, techniques, and procedures that ransomware groups leverage to target organizations, and we apply the same modus operandi in our ransomware resilience penetration tests. By looking at your IT infrastructure through the lens of ransomware threat actors, we can provide you with actionable advice to cost-effectively defend mission-critical assets against the attack paths that pose the highest risks in ransomware attacks.

The scope of the penetration tests in the Ransomware Resilience Assessment includes the whole IT/OT infrastructure that supports an organization’s business processes. We can test your IT/OT infrastructure, whether it is on-premises, in the cloud of your choice, or a mixture of both.

Improve your Ransomware Resilience even more

The Ransomware Resilience Assessment is designed to provide a wide variety of customers in various market sectors actionable insight into their resilience against ransomware attacks, but every customer’s challenges are unique. Related services that can be relevant to raising your ransomware resilience include:

Tabletop Ransomware Crisis Management

Tabletop Ransomware Crisis Management

Assessing your ransomware resilience can help reduce the risks involved with a ransomware attack and plan accordingly. But few incident response plans survive first contact with an actual ransomware attack. In Secura’s tabletop ransomware crisis management, the operating procedures for handling a ransomware incident are practiced and evaluated through a realistic scenario. Lessons learned to provide valuable feedback to improve incident response plans and procedures.

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Threat Modeling Workshop

Applications and systems are usually part of a chain of information processing systems. In the highly interactive threat modeling workshop with developers, architects, business owners, and other stakeholders, Secura helps to identify possible threats per component and interface. Potential threats include but go beyond ransomware. The workshop raises security awareness and collaboration amongst the stakeholders and can help them structurally identify risks that may otherwise remain hidden.

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Behavior Review

Raising employee cybersecurity awareness is the first step to improving ransomware resilience. But psychology shows us that there is a gap between awareness and behavior. Secura’s behavior review assesses the three components of effectuating behavioral change in your employees: motivation, opportunity, and ability. The results of this assessment allow you to optimize your approach to stimulate behavioral change that raises the ransomware resilience of your organization.

🚩 Start right away to increase your ransomware resilience

How resilient is your organization towards a Ransomware attack? Contact our Ransomware Security Principal, Paul Pols by filling in the form below. Together, we will look at the opportunities to make your organization more resilient to a possible Ransomware attack.

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Fact sheets

Secura Ransomware Resilience Assessment

RRA is a methodology to assess how vulnerable organizations are to ransomware attacks and to raise their cyber resilience.

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Tabletop Ransomware Crisis Management

Is your organization well prepared for a ransomare attack? Be prepared with the Tabletop Ransomware Crisis Management.

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