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Ransomware Detection

Accelerate ransomware detection and response with AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM)—an all-in-one security essentials solution with integrated threat intelligence that helps you to detect ransomware sooner to minimize the spread of infection.

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Stop Ransomware in Its Tracks with Advanced Threat Detection

Ransomware is a top security concern for organizations today. Malicious actors continue to develop new techniques and strategies to trick victims into downloading and installing the ransomware on their systems, and many IT teams are ill-equipped to respond.

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files on a system, making them inaccessible until you pay a ransom (usually in the form of a cryptocurrency like bitcoin or prepaid cash cards) in exchange for the decryption key. Given the complexity and variety of new ransomware threats emerging daily, it can be difficult for IT teams of any size to figure out how to detect ransomware and respond to it while managing the rest of their cybersecurity needs.

AlienVault® can help. Unlike stand-alone ransomware detection software, the AlienVault Unified Security Management™ (USM™) platform provides a unified approach to ransomware detection, making it possible for IT teams to identify, track, and respond to emerging threats in their cloud and on-premises environments with one comprehensive solution. USM is updated with continuous threat intelligence from the AlienVault Labs Security Research Team, backed by the Open Threat Exchange™ (OTX™), so organizations of all sizes can put to use the latest global threat intelligence to detect emerging ransomware as it appears in the wild.

AlienVault USM delivers the essential security capabilities needed for ransomware detection:

Monitor Your Environment with Comprehensive Intrusion Detection

  • Cloud Intrusion Detection (AWS and Azure)
  • Network Intrusion Detection
  • Host Intrusion Detection

Stay Aware of Ransomware Threats as They Emerge and Evolve

  • Integrated threat intelligence delivered by the AlienVault Labs Security Research Team
  • Ransomware insights and proliferation from the Open Threat Exchange (OTX) community

Detect and Respond to Threats Quickly with Unified Security Management

  • Comprehensive threat detection with built-in essential security capabilities
  • Coordinated incident response with integrated analysis and reporting
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Monitor Every Environment with Comprehensive Intrusion Detection

Early ransomware, like Reveton and Citadel, simply locked you out of a system and displayed a page demanding payment. In contrast, today’s sophisticated strands of ransomware quietly encrypt your sensitive data without interrupting your normal computer usage, so you’re less likely to notice a problem until after your files have been affected. While it’s difficult to identify and halt an encryption process in progress, the sooner you detect ransomware in your environment, the better chance you have at isolating the compromised system and preventing the attack from spreading across your environment.

AlienVault USM provides multi-layered intrusion detection capabilities so that you can detect ransomware early on in your cloud and on-premises environments. USM delivers cloud intrusion detection for your public AWS and Azure cloud environments, as well as built-in network intrusion detection (NIDS), and host-based intrusion detection (HIDS). You can even integrate data from your existing IDS/IPS into USM’s all-in-one security management console, allowing you to collect, correlate, and track events from a single place.

Cloud Intrusion Detection (CIDS)

AlienVault offers native cloud IDS to keep your AWS and Azure environments secure. USM Anywhere uses purpose-built sensors to monitor your cloud environments from the management plane, giving you visibility into your organization’s cloud-based activities.

Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDS)

On premises, network IDS sensors are deployed on the network using a tap or network span and use signature-based detection to identify ransomware and other threats to your critical systems.

Host Intrusion Detection Systems (HIDS)

With File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) built into the Host-based IDS (HIDS), USM keeps a close watch on the files and registries of your sensitive assets and critical systems to detect when anomalous activities and file or registry changes occur.

Stay Aware of Emerging Threats with Integrated Threat Intelligence

Ransomware attacks continue to accelerate in both complexity and scope, making ransomware detection a moving target for IT professionals. While ransomware creators have traditionally employed a scattershot approach, there has been a recent trend of launching more sophisticated attacks that install other ransomware variants and communicate with multiple command and control servers, making detection and response increasingly challenging.

Given the competing priorities and resource constraints that come with managing the IT and security of an organization, very few IT teams have time to do the research it takes to keep up with the onslaught of new types of ransomware attacks. Without the latest security intelligence on emerging threats and how to respond, however, organizations are highly vulnerable to new malware attacks. AlienVault USM was built with this challenge in mind. USM helps IT professionals keep their organization’s security plan up-to-date with continuous threat intelligence updates.

AlienVault USM integrates actionable threat intelligence research from the AlienVault Labs Security Research Team right into the solution, putting the latest research at your fingertips. The Security Research Team continuously updates USM with new correlation rules, vulnerability signatures, and asset discovery signatures, making your monitoring and threat detection capabilities more effective every day. Their updates include incident response templates, ensuring that you have everything you need to respond to threats when they occur.

The Security Research Team leverages the collective experience of the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange (OTX) community by integrating the crowd-sourced intelligence of over 53,000 security researchers from around the world. As a result, USM’s threat intelligence reflects insights gleaned from in-the-wild attacks on a wide variety of organizations and environments.

Detect and Respond to Threats Quickly with Unified Security Management

When responding to ransomware attacks, speed is essential. Detecting and responding to an intrusion quickly can help your organization limit the scope of the attack by preventing other important resources from becoming compromised. AlienVault USM’s unified platform puts everything you need in one place, making ransomware detection and response both fast and easy. USM delivers multiple layers of ransomware detection and correlates events from across your data sources, giving you complete visibility of your security posture at all times. Once a threat has been detected, USM alerts you and gives detailed information about the threat, attack method, and affected asset(s), as well as guidance about how to respond, so you can react quickly and effectively.

The USM platform offers five essential capabilities to keep your organization secure from ransomware:

Asset Discovery

USM makes it easy for you to identify and track all the assets on premises and in your cloud. Since ransomware downloaded by a single user can easily spread across your entire environment, it’s important to know what critical infrastructure your organization needs to monitor.

Vulnerability Assessment

Using USM, you can scan your cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premises environments to understand and remediate potential vulnerabilities.

Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)

USM provides intrusion detection capabilities for all of your cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premises environments, giving you complete coverage.

Behavioral Monitoring

USM helps you take a baseline of normal network activity so you can spot anomalous behavior when it occurs.


USM combines the essential security capabilities with log data collection from your applications, systems, and devices and provides you with the log analysis and correlation needed to detect ransomware threats in your environment.

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