What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a dangerous type of malware designed to block access to a victim’s computer system by encrypting critical files until a hefty sum of money demanded by the attacker is paid. The vast majority of ransomware is distributed via email.

Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

While modern ransomware attacks range from simple “ransomware in a box” to customized malware designed specifically
to evade detection, attacks generally follow the same four phases:

Phase 1

Develop

Cybercriminals can easily purchase ransomware on the Dark Web or quickly launch attacks using hosted ransomware services.

Phase 2

Deliver

Threat actors launch attack campaigns, often masquerading as a known or trusted individual or organization.

Phase 3

Demand

Tricked into thinking that the email is from a trusted partner or colleague, the recipient unsuspectedly opens the malicious attachment it contains. Once opened, the ransomware is activated and payment is demanded.

Phase 4

Collect

When activated, the ransomware locks up the victim’s system until payment is made to the attackers in the form of untraceable Bitcoin. In many instances, victims never regain control of their systems - even once the specified ransom is paid.

The Guardian Digital Advantage

Protect your users, your key business assets and your reputation with a multi-layered email protection system
that keeps ransomware out of the inbox.

Secures the Inbox against Malicious Attachments &
Zero-Day Ransomware

Cybercriminals are constantly evolving their tactics, leveraging techniques such as identity deception and domain spoofing to deceive even highly trained security professionals into downloading ransomware. Zero-day ransomware attacks, which are launched with no advanced warning, do not contain any recognizable digital signature and employ advanced tactics to evade traditional detection methods, are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Guardian Digital EnGarde Cloud Email Security’s auto-learn security system employs a combination of dynamic malicious URL and attachment protection, real-time behavioral analysis and drive-by download protection to defend against emerging ransomware attacks before they exploit unknown vulnerabilities to reach the inbox.

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Delivers Complete Ransomware Protection by Closing Critical Gaps in Native Microsoft 365 & Google Workspace Email Security

Despite the existing email protection provided by Microsoft Exchange Online Protection (EOP) in Microsoft 365, 85% of users have experienced an email-borne cyberattack in the past year.

Guardian Digital EnGarde Cloud Email Security’s proactive, multi-layered protection closes critical gaps that exist in the static, single-layered email security defenses built into Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace, enabling businesses to reap the benefits of cloud email, while also enjoying the peace-of-mind that they are protected from ransomware and other costly, disruptive email attacks.

Extends IT Resources to Offer Superior Ransomware Protection

Many businesses - especially SMBs - experience a shortage of cybersecurity resources and expertise, leaving them unprepared to repel a ransomware attack.

Guardian Digital’s expert ongoing system monitoring, maintenance and accessible support provide a remote extension of your IT team, improving your email security posture and enhancing your team’s productivity with reliable, cost-efficient ransomware protection.

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Safeguard Your Users, Key Business Assets & Brand Image against Crippling Ransomware Attacks with Guardian Digital EnGarde Cloud Email Security.

Phishing Is Evolving.

Are Your Current Email Defenses
Falling Behind?

Modern phishing scams have introduced a new level of risk for businesses. Attackers are targeting Microsoft 365 and G Suite users in increasingly sophisticated campaigns designed to evade built-in security defenses.

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Email Risk in Microsoft 365

is Greater than Ever

What's your strategy for preventing loss of email communication and theft in Microsoft 365? Guardian Digital secures Microsoft 365 against the cost of credential phishing and account takeovers.

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