The biggest online threat to businesses and consumers today is ransomware, a category of malware that can encrypt your computer files until you pay a ransom to unlock them. With this practical book, you’ll learn how easily ransomware infects your system and what steps you can take to stop the attack before it sets foot in the network.
Security experts Allan Liska and Timothy Gallo explain how the success of these attacks has spawned not only several variants of ransomware, but also a litany of ever-changing ways they’re delivered to targets. You’ll learn pragmatic methods for responding quickly to a ransomware attack, as well as how to protect yourself from becoming infected in the first place.
Learn how ransomware enters your system and encrypts your files
Understand why ransomware use has grown, especially in recent years
Examine the organizations behind ransomware and the victims they target
Learn how wannabe hackers use Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) to launch campaigns
Understand how ransom is paid—and the pros and cons of paying
Use methods to protect your organization’s workstations and servers
Allan Liska has more than 15 years experience in the world of cyber security. Mr Liska has worked both as a security practitioner and an ethical hacker, so he is familiar with both sides of the security aisle and, through his work at Symantec and iSIGHT Partners, has helped countless organizations improve their security posture using more effective intelligence.
In addition to security experience, Mr Liska also authored the books “The Practice of Network Security”, “Building an Intelligence-Led Security Program” and he co-authored the book “DNS Security” and contributed the security-focused chapters to “The Apache Administrators Handbook.”
Timothy Gallo has been working in IT security for the past 15 years, prior to that he’s been a bouncer, a bartender, and a physicist. He loves finding new ways to do things and is working on building his very first art car for use at burning man this year.
The animal on the cover of Ransomware is a Brazilian striped hog-nosed skunk. Conepatus leuconotus is a neotropical species; its range begins in southern Mexico and continues south and east into northern Peru and eastern Brazil. Their habitat changes seasonally: during the dry season, they can be found in both open and wooded areas, and during the wet season they stick to higher levels of vegetation where food is plentiful. Dens are located in rocky places, hollow logs, or burrows made by other animals.
This species is named after its distinct prolonged snout, which is naked on the top and sides and is used for rooting in the earth in the manner of a pig. The front feet are armed with long, heavy claws developed for digging up insects. The coat is predominately black in color with a white stripe at the back of the neck that branches into two stripes along the back to the tail. The hog-nosed skunk is nocturnal, solitary, slow-moving, does not climb, and defends itself by emitting a strong odor from its anal glands. This species has no known predators. The omnivorous creatures feed on insects, fruit, eggs, invertebrates, small vertebrates, and small mammals.
Being both solitary and nocturnal, their mating habits and reproduction cycles are not widely documented. It is assumed that these are similar to that of other skunk species, which means that mating generally occurs in the spring and results in one litter of two to five offspring per year. The females are responsible for the bulk of the parental care and the young stay in the den until they are able to follow their mother on foraging trips.