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This is Not a Drill

Although 2017 isn't over yet, it has already earned a distinction as "The Year of Ransomware." Statistics say that over the past year ransomware incidents have increased over 700 percent, and total ransom costs for the year are forecasted to exceed $5 billion.

Katalyst security expert, Howie Feinsilber, CCIE, says, "There are two security topics that are of high importance right now – Ransomware and Firepower. With Ransomware there are a number of Cisco products to help prevent the malware from entering customer networks."

Here's a rundown of products to consider when protecting your network:

-AMP for Endpoints: AMP stands for Advanced Malware Protection. It's simple, this security tool prevents breaches by continuously monitoring all file behavior to uncover stealthy attacks. It detects, blocks, and remediates advanced malware across all endpoints. The best part, it does all of this automatically and without a delay.

- Cloud Email Security: This is a true problem solver. Cloud Email Security monitors and filters all inbound and outbound email traffic using effective policy-based data loss prevention and encryption. Its sophisticated filter strategy blocks targeted attacks using reputation, malware, and outbreak filters.

- Umbrella (formally known as Open DNS): Umbrella has the threat intelligence to see attacks before they launch. By learning from internet activity, it automatically identifies attacker infrastructure staged for current and emergent threats. Umbrella captures and understands relationships between malware, domains, IPs, and networks across the internet.

Ransomware attacks will continue to become more sophisticated and effective as the year goes on. It is now imperative that organizations prepare their networks and devices for the next attack. Use the suggested listed above, and your business is already on its way to being less of a target. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Katalyst directly to ensure you’re taking the best steps to protect your brand.

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