Security on Fast Forward: Adlumin's New Feature Stops Ransomware Cold

Security on Fast Forward: Adlumin's New Feature Stops Ransomware Cold

By Greg Tavarez

Ransomware attacks reached a disturbing peak in 2023, with total ransom payments surpassing $1 billion, according to Chainalysis. But even while taking that into account, the financial toll is just one facet of this serious problem.

Ransomware attacks have crippled essential services across various sectors. Healthcare facilities have been forced to shut down critical systems, jeopardizing patient care. Financial institutions have faced disruptions, which hinders access to funds and financial transactions. Local governments haven't been spared, with critical infrastructure and services falling victim. These attacks create a ripple effect and cause disruptions and economic hardships across all sectors, even for those not directly targeted. (Furthering salt in the wound, unfortunately.)

To stop these attacks in their tracks, Adlumin, a security operations command center that simplifies complexity for organizations of all sizes, announced a new Ransomware Prevention feature.

The speed with which Adlumin detects and kills ransomware provides an added layer of protection to help stop ransomware threats at organizations that rely on Adlumin for MDR. This new feature adds capabilities that enable Adlumin and its partners to provide a comprehensive ransomware defense that can block ransomware, quickly kill ransomware that’s executed, take automated responsive actions to contain an attack and assist with recovery.

To put into perspective of how effective this feature is, Adlumin conducted benchmark tests against malware from notorious ransomware groups including Black Basta, Conti, Ryuk, NoEscapeLocker and others. In the tests, Adlumin Ransomware Prevention saved, on average, 99% of the file system from encryption.

“Traditional endpoint and antivirus solutions are focused on detection, but not resiliency. They strain system resources and have high rates of false positives, and by the time they act, most of the file system is already encrypted,” said Robert Johnston, CEO and co-founder of Adlumin. “When combatting ransomware, speed is the most important factor. Our lightweight solution is accurate and fast so we can shut down a ransomware attack in seconds.”

The company also revealed a free Ransomware Simulation Tool. The complementary offering enables any organization to test their ransomware defenses. This self-service tool deploys mock-up data and files onto an organization’s systems, launches a ransomware attack against them and provides a grade that details how well the organization’s defenses performed.

This synthetic attack is isolated to the mock-up files, which the Adlumin tool then cleans from the file system to remove all traces of the test.

With these new features, Adlumin contines to create a platform that includes everything a sophisticated security team needs. Adlumin’s Ransomware Prevention feature is now automatically enabled for all customers of Adlumin’s Managed Detection and Response services.

Edited by Alex Passett
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