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Breaking the Ransomware Supply Chain Using DNS Threat Intelligence

The frequency of ransomware attacks is staggering, with 317.59 million ransomware attempts recorded in 2023. Last year, 59% of organizations were hit with ransomware, and 56% of those attacked paid the ransom to get data back. Even if companies have backups and don’t have to pay ransoms to get the data back, in a third of the incidents, data was also stolen.

Recovery is costly and it goes beyond the ransom payment. It cost companies $2.73 million on average to recover from these attacks. Disruption to business, such as shutting down of critical city services or hotel reservations not going through after a ransomware attack, is another major concern.

More recently, AI is being leveraged to create more variants and advanced polymorphic ransomware to avoid detection from security tools, as well as to increase efficiency and effectiveness of phishing and reconnaissance used by ransomware actors. While most security tools try to look for malware and its behavior, chasing malware and their variants is a never-ending game and you are always behind.

With DNS threat intelligence, it is much harder for ransomware actors to hide. Tracking domains owned by threat actors even before they start creating and deploying the attack helps in proactive identification and blocking of ransomware threats. The first DNS query to these domains can be blocked protecting organizations at the earliest point in the attack.

Watch this webinar to learn about:

  • Recent ransomware attacks and their business impact
  • DNS infrastructure-based threat detection vs Malware based threat detection
  • How to stay protected against constantly evolving ransomware attacks
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