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Are you confident your company would survive a ransomware attack?

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Protecting companies around the world against real-time cyber attacks.

Are you confident that the systems you have in place are configured correctly to detect and respond against a ransomware attack?

From the Desk of Benjamin Bressington.

Hello. My name is Benjamin Bressington, the CEO of ChatFortress. I want to invite you to experience a new approach to confidently assessing your cybersecurity resilience against real-world attacks.

Have you ever read a news article about a recent ransomware attack and wondered how your business would handle the same attack?

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Every day another company in the news has fallen victim to cybercriminals scams. Here are just a few names from last week.

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What’s worse is some companies are continuously targeted because of their industry. Cybercriminals are constantly looking for ONE exploit to use against you.

“Ransomware Attack on Carnival May Have Been Its Second Compromise This Year”

“University of Utah pays more than $450,000 in a ransomware attack on its computers”

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As of Nov 25, 2020 the FBI has issued a Flash Alert warning for any cloud service providers, communication, construction, travel and enterprise software companies to be aware of increase in Ragnar Locker Ransomware Activity.

The FBI issued this FBI Flash alert because Ragnar Locker is one of several ransomware variants used to encrypt files of victims and exfiltrate data. Once this information is stolen, cybercriminals threaten to release the information as a way to make victims pay a ransom.

Ragnar Locker attacks want to embarrass companies as much as possible to force them to pay a ransom and to serve as a warning to future victims. "The group recently added an interesting element to their extortion attempts: namely, using compromised Facebook accounts to run ad campaigns in an effort to apply further pressure to their victims."

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Is your organization protected against WannaCry, Ragnar Locker, and Trickbot attacks?

We can help you confidently answer this question within 60 minutes. Helping you validate your existing security systems are configured correctly.

Right now, most companies are fighting this digital war blind. Many companies don’t have a clear cybersecurity response plan and fail to design their systems to withstand the real-world attacks cybercriminals use.

That’s right. Fighting blind!

Many companies are spending lots of time and money on protection systems that fail to protect against real-world attacks.

Imagine this for a second. It’s like building a house, with all the fancy smart security cameras, and smart home technology only to never install a front door or back door on the house. You would never do this. Yet, many companies are approaching their cybersecurity strategies the exact same way.

Let me give you an example.

When was the last time you validated your current cybersecurity protocols, software, and systems are configured correctly?

You might be thinking that this is something I.T. handled or the company you outsourced to does, right?

Well, what we find 99% of the time is that no-one ever preforms these validations because previously they take too much time. It also requires you to stop focusing on the fires of today to review the work of last week, last month, or even last year.

This is the number one reason why companies avoid this type of testing. But the good news is that it does not need to be that complicated or time consuming.

The good news is that if you are using the Cymulate platform we can validate your existing systems against over 633 real-world ransomware and malware attacks in less than 90 minutes.

Cyberattacks that included in your Immediate Threats Package:

  1. MedusaLocker Ransomware
  2. Pay2Key Ransomware
  3. Kraken - Windows error reporting service abuse
  4. Notpetya Ransomware
  5. BazarBacdoor: Trickbot network hack
  6. Windows Remote Desktop Malware
  7. Sodinokibi
  8. Plus 626 more cyberattacks along with our team creating new attacks every day!

Our lab team is reverse-engineering new attacks every working day. The goal here is to provide you with continuous protection again these threats and provide confidence in your cybersecurity protocols.

Right now, you have an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage. You can gain critical insight from the attacks that crippled companies like Garmin, and Sky Lakes Medical Center and optimize your cybersecurity response plans using these real work attacks.

Could this help you gain a competitive advantage in your industry?

Imagine confidently knowing within 72 hours of a specific public attack if your business is at risk of exposure.

If all the Cymulate system could do for you was to help you discover misconfigurations in your existing systems would it be worth 10 minutes of your time a month?

How Cymulate works?

  1. Install our real-world Attack Simulation agent on your device. (5 minutes)
  2. Continuously launch attack simulations every 48 hours (Automated)
  3. Attack Report Strategy Session (Weekly or Monthly with our team)
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Why simulate active attack threats?

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Cymulate’s Immediate Threat Intelligence vector helps you to test your organization’s security posture against clear and present cyberthreats.

Every day, numerous new payloads and attacks show up in the wild, orchestrated by known and unknown hostile entities. Organizations all over the world are vulnerable to these new threats that have just been launched. The threat of a new zero-day or old security gaps that are being exploited to launch a large-scale attack is a daily worry for CISOs, CIOs, risk managers and other security professionals tasked with safeguarding their organization’s security and reporting their organization’s security posture to executive management.

These new attacks (such as Emotet, Dridex, Ryuk, Trickbot, and others) come in different forms, such as an email attachment or a download link appearing on a legitimate or compromised website. After penetrating the organization’s perimeter, they can eventually cause serious damage to an organization. That is why these professionals need to ensure that their cybersecurity framework holds up against such active threats circulating in the wild.

Cymulate’s Immediate Threat Intelligence vector is designed to inform and evaluate your organization’s security posture as quickly as possible against the very latest cyber attacks. The simulation is created by the Cymulate Research Lab which catches and analyzes threats immediately after they are launched by cybercriminals and malicious hackers.

By running this simulation, you can validate within a short time if your organization would be vulnerable to these latest threats and take measures before an attack takes place.

The simulation results are presented in an easy-to-understand comprehensive report. Mitigation recommendations are offered for each threat that has been discovered, and vary according to the type of attack simulated, and the extent to which the attack was able to distribute itself. This allows the organization to truly understand its security posture and take action to improve or update controls where necessary.

Schedule a time now to discuss how we can give you confidence in your cybersecurity response plans.

ChatFortress has created the Business Cybersecurity System to help protect companies big and small. The Business Cybersecurity System provides you with full protection based on your needs and business goals.

Our team provides you with cybersecurity solutions that give you a competitive advantage without breaking your budget.

Choose the solutions you would like to learn more about:

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FAQ

Why Attack Simulations?

Organizations of all shapes and sizes are fighting a war against threat actors. As we have seen in recent years, cyberattacks have become more sophisticated, which makes them harder to detect and mitigate.

Current methods that organizations (and their CISOs) mainly use to verify that their systems and data are protected, are vulnerability scans and penetration tests. The results are used for risk assessments that have become an integral part of mandatory provisions in various regulations (e.g. GDPR and NYCRR).

Vulnerability scans and penetration tests are useful for getting insight into the security posture of an organization at a specific moment in time. However, they do not present the full picture of an organization’s security posture; especially when it comes to more sophisticated, multi-vector attacks.

The most effective way for an organization to test its resilience against the growing wave of cybercrime, is to opt for targeted attack simulations that use multi-vector simulated attacks. These kinds of simulations are also known as Breach & Attack Simulations (BAS). Gartner has stated that, “Security testing is so challenging for technical professionals focused on security operations that many don't try it. Breach and attack simulation tools help make security postures more consistent and automated.”

How is this different from Vulnerability Scans?

Vulnerability scans are performed by an application that may either be proprietary or open source. This app checks for vulnerabilities that are already known to vendors and the industry, or for weaknesses that have already been exploited by cybercriminals.

Thousands of different security vulnerabilities in networks or host systems are scanned, such as software bugs, missing operating system patches, vulnerable services, insecure default con gurations, and web application vulnerabilities. The scans are used to assist automating the security auditing process of an organization’s IT.

By scanning networks and websites for thousands of different security risks, vulnerability scans can automate security auditing and be a central part of an organization’s IT security. The resulting list of vulnerabilities to be patched can be used to remediate them.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Automated, can be scheduled, easy to use Lack of process overview. It provides only a snapshot, and does not give substantial insights
Detects known vulnerabilities Cannot detect vulnerabilities that have not been mapped yet. The time between updates leaves organizations exposed
Fast, capable of producing results within a few hours Produces a high rate of false positives (estimated at 30% - 60%)
Does not require any special expertise It lacks an appropriate adversary model threat scenario
The latest exploits are uploaded Uploads require internet connection
Could be more cost effective than pen-testing Meant for non-critical systems; far less for critical real-time systems.
Ability to perform multiple scans simultaneously Could put stress on the production environment which may result in downtime

A vulnerability scan can only detect a known vulnerability or threat. Since mitigation only entails updating and patching the system, misconfiguration or misusage of the infrastructure and the security solutions will not be mitigated.

How is this different from Penetration Testing?

Manual penetration testing (or pen-testing) is conducted by human testers (in-house or outsourced to a 3rd party) who attempt to evaluate the security of an organization’s infrastructure by safely exploiting vulnerabilities. Those vulnerabilities may be present in operating systems, services or applications, resulting from faulty configuration, or caused by careless end-user behavior. In other words, the corporate network, applications, devices, and/or people are attacked to check if a hacker would be able to penetrate the organization. The tests also reveal how deep an attacker could penetrate and how much data could be stolen or exploited.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Identifies weaknesses that vulnerability scans do not detect Success depends on the skill and expertise of each individual tester
Identifies selected high-risk weaknesses Does not identify all weaknesses that threat actors exploit due to the limited testing environment
The pen-tester can learn about a new attack technique and test it the very next day The tester cannot perform all the attack methods that he/she has learned during previous years
The assessment report can be used to mitigate weaknesses It takes a long time (weeks, sometimes even more than a month) to receive the assessment report
Provides a training tool for network security Does not provide 360° insight, since manual testing is unable to test all aspects of the system (e.g. lines of code, decompiled Assembly, web pages and parameters, web services, etc.), in contrast to automated tools
The results of manual pen-tests react a specific point of time. Often, they are not performed due to high costs

How is this different from Red Teaming?

Targeted simulated attacks, also known as red teaming or attacker simulation, are gaining popularity - and for good reason. Letting you take a proactive approach, apart from identifying weaknesses in the organization’s security posture, they can also provide valuable insights about your organization’s ability to identify attacks in progress and remove them from the environment. Multi-step attacks are used to simulate various types of adversaries, and for identifying gaps in information security controls through simulation optimization.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Mimics the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) deployed by real attackers Simulations must be conducted regularly
Prepares for real world cyberattacks by executing simulated attacks for given threat scenarios Requires in-house or outside expertise
Proactive approach Extent of effectiveness may be difficult to assess by CISOs and IT teams due to lack of consistency between one engagement to another
More cost effective than manual testing Requires significant resources, wether outsourced or conducted in-house
Detects unknown issues at unknown locations Due to lack of end-to-end automation, exercises are difficult to repeat in a consistent manner
Enables evaluating security operations / monitoring capabilities Difficult to assess the impact of changes to the environment on posture and track security performance over time

What is your approach?

Cymulate’s Breach & Attack Simulation (BAS) platform takes targeted simulation attacks one step further by measuring the organization’s true preparedness to handle cybersecurity threats effectively. Using an offensive approach, Cymulate exposes critical vulnerabilities by simulating multi-vector cyberattacks from an attacker’s perspective. This sophisticated plug & play platform simulates and tests attack vectors by impersonating hackers, state-sponsored threat actors, and even rogue insiders before an actual attack takes place and exploits any weaknesses.

The SaaS simulations can be run on-demand at any time and from anywhere without impacting the users or infrastructure. With Cymulate’s Red Team capabilities, organizations can continuously test their cybersecurity posture against cyberattacks, global cybercrime campaigns and targeted APTs.

Schedule a time now to discuss how we can give you confidence in your cybersecurity response plans.