Our New Ransomware Defence Assessment

Lewis Fairburn

Head of Marketing

What Is Ransomware?

A modern cyber threat Ransomware is malicious software that can encrypt and lock your digital files, making them inaccessible until you pay a ransom to the attacker. Ransomware attacks have become increasingly prevalent in recent years, affecting businesses of all sizes and industries. These attacks can be financially damaging, as well as causing disruption and downtime for your operations.

What is The Ransomware Defence Assessment?

Ransomware Defence Assessment (RDA) service offers a comprehensive approach to bolster your organisation against ransomware threats. Our method, leveraging the CIS framework, combines asset identification, vulnerability scanning, policy review, training, and continuous improvement to ensure a holistic defence strategy.

Ransomware Attacks on The Rise

What Can You Do to Protect Againist Ransomware?

1. Identify and Prioritise Critical Assets

Determine and prioritise critical data and systems in the organisation, based on their importance to business continuity and potential impact in case of a ransomware attack.

2. Capability Maturity Assessment (CMA)

Use the CMA questionnaire to assess the organisation's security posture, identify gaps, and determine areas for improvement that can help strengthen the organisation's ransomware defence capabilities.

3. Perform a Symbiote & External Scan

Assess various low-hanging issues across a provided scope on an internal Windows-based network using the Symbiote tool. The output of this tool will come in the form of multiple CSV and TXT files, indicating misconfigured settings and weaknesses across the assessed hosts.

4. Review Policies and Procedures

Assess and update the organisation's existing policies and procedures related to data protection, backup and recovery, incident response, and user awareness training, to ensure comprehensive protection against ransomware attacks.

5. Conduct Tabletop Exercises

Evaluate the organisation's readiness to respond to a ransomware attack by involving various stakeholders from IT, management, and other relevant departments in tabletop exercises to identify gaps and areas for improvement.

6. User Awareness Training

Improve the organisation's overall ransomware defence by providing regular user awareness training to employees, focusing on recognising and reporting potential ransomware threats, as well as following best-practices for data protection and cyber security.

8. Review Backup and Recovery Processes

Evaluate and improve the organisation's backup and recovery processes to ensure the timely and effective restoration of critical systems and data following a ransomware attack, minimising the potential impact and downtime.

9. Monitor and Improve Procedures

Continuously monitor the effectiveness of the organisation's ransomware defence strategy and implement improvements based on lessons learned, changing threat landscape, and evolving organisational needs, ensuring ongoing resilience against ransomware attacks.

Why Does Ransomware Pose a Threat?

In today's digital age, organisations of all sizes face a significant threat from ransomware attacks. These malicious attacks can have a devastating impact on businesses, regardless of their scale.

Ransomware attacks can severely affect:

  • Regular operations of an organisation
  • Loss of data
  • Extended downtime
  • Financial profits
  • Reputation damage

All of these can lead to legal consequences and can cripple a business, making it difficult to recover.

Growing Reputational Risk

Cyber incidents are bad news, but ransomware comes with its own set of challenges and risks to mitigate. Ransomware news splashes the front pages of news outlets with increased focus on name and shame, increasing reputational damage.

Costly Incidents

Cybercrime impacts your bottom line with increased ransom amounts – plus the costs of halted business and security operations.

Lack of Adequate Detections

Ransomware threat actors often evade common tools and solutions. When defense fails, organisations need robust incident preparedness.

How Can The Ransomware Defence Assessment Help?

The Ransomware Defence Assessment focuses on identifying vulnerabilities within an organisation's infrastructure that could leave them susceptible to ransomware attacks. By leveraging the CIS framework, our assessment covers key areas such as asset identification, vulnerability scanning, policy review, and training. This approach allows us to identify potential vulnerabilities and provide tailored recommendations to enhance your organisation's defence against ransomware attacks.

Benefits of The Ransomware Defence Assessment

  • Comprehensive Assessment

Our RDA service offers a comprehensive approach to protect your organisation from ransomware attacks. 

  • Tailored Approach

Each organisation's cybersecurity needs are unique. Our service is tailored to your specific requirements and vulnerabilities, ensuring optimal protection.

  • Advanced Scanning Technology

We leverage the Symbiote scanning technology to identify potential vulnerabilities in your system, providing a thorough assessment of your network security.

  • Proactive Strategy

The RDA service provides an effective, proactive defence strategy against ransomware threats. By identifying vulnerabilities and developing a robust defence strategy, we help prevent potential attacks before they occur.

  • Expert Support

Our team of cybersecurity experts is on hand to guide you through the process, answer your queries, and provide post-assessment support.


In the digital age, ransomware attacks pose a significant threat to organisations worldwide. With our RDA service, you can fortify your cybersecurity defence, safeguard your assets, and maintain your reputation. Your organisation's security is our priority, and we're committed to providing a service that offers peace of mind and protection against these ever-evolving threats.

For more information on our Ransomware Defence Assessment , get in touch below: 

W: https://www.pentestpeople.com/contact

E: Info@pentestpeople.com

P: 0330 311 0990 

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