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Improving your ransomware protection

Ransomware has become one of the most potent and costly types of cyber threats in recent years. By blocking access to a company’s data or systems and demanding a ransom, attackers can earn millions of dollars while disrupting business with devastating attacks.

Protecting your organization against ransomware requires a multilayered approach to security. With security awareness training, continuous backups and diligent patching, you can substantially improve your odds of fending off a ransomware attack.

For superior ransomware protection, more organizations are turning to solutions that facilitate comprehensive threat monitoring  to uncover ransomware campaigns before they land, giving security teams a head start in mitigating ransomware threats.

The challenges of ransomware protection 

Ransomware detection and prevention has become increasingly difficult for several key reasons.

Larger attack surfaces

Digital transformation, along with the trend toward remote and work-from-home workforces, continues to increase the attack surface of the average organization. Complex applications, cloud migration, expanding IT environments and unpatched vulnerabilities all help to increase the number of vectors that a threat actor can use to launch a ransomware campaign.

The rise of dedicated leak sites

Dedicated leak sites are websites on the dark web where ransomware groups post the data they’ve stolen from victims who won’t pay a ransom. Publication of this data can expose personal credentials, financial data and client information that could lead to additional data breaches. The result is an increasing number of ransomware attacks – and victims who are coerced to pay the ransom.


Sophisticated groups on the dark web now offer Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), extending the reach and the devastating impact of ransomware attacks. This decentralized network of affiliates makes it easy for knowledge to be transferred to other attackers when one group gets shut down or retires, extending the capabilities and practices of successful ransomware cybercrime rings.

How Cybersixgill improves ransomware protection

Cybersixgill is a threat intelligence platform that helps organizations fight cybercrime by monitoring threats as they surface on the clear, deep and dark web. We offer the most extensive, fully automated intelligence collection available from deep and dark web sources. These include closed-access forums, invite-only messaging groups, paste sites, and underground marketplaces – the places where cybercriminals share information, buy tools and data, and discuss tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs). 

Our threat intelligence assists ransomware prevention and can be consumed through the following solutions and integrations:

  • An Investigative Portal. The Cybersixgill Investigative Portal empowers stay ahead of the threat curve with actionable insights that can mitigate and remediate threats like ransomware. Using the Cybersixgill Portal, security teams can detect interactions between threat actors in real time, earlier on the cyber killchain. By researching profiles, motives and history, security teams can trigger the right playbooks to take action, block emerging threats and improve ransomware protection.

  • A threat intelligence feed. Cybersixgill’s vast collection of cyber threat intelligence data can also be consumed via an application programming interface (API) that integrates directly into existing workflows and system architectures to address multiple use cases & functionalities. The API offering supports database queries and query-based notifications, actionable alerts tailored to your organizational assets, automated feed of malicious IOCs, detection of leaked user credentials, real-time feed of CVE-related events and developments, multi-tenant (MSSP) configurations and more. A new integration per customer request can be created within a week.

  • Vulnerability scores. Cybersixgill’s Dynamic Vulnerability Exploit (DVE) Intelligence accurately predicts the likelihood of a vulnerability being deployed in an attack in the next 90 days. Based on intelligence gathered from the dark web, providing greater insight into the intentions of threat actors, DVE Intelligence enables security teams to prioritize patching and mitigate the vulnerabilities that are more likely to be used in ransomware attacks.

Benefits of ransomware protection with Cybersixgill

Using Cybersixgill’s threat intelligence for ransomware protection, you can:

  • Practice continuous monitoring. Stay up-to-date on the interests, motivations, activities, tools and TTPs of ransomware threat actors.

  • Understand who is being targeted and how. Our intelligence reveals which companies are being targeted and the types of tools attackers are likely to use.

  • Track RaaS groups. By tracking the advertisement pages, affiliate programs and revenue-sharing models of RaaS operators, you can take more effective steps to protect your organization.

  • Preempt threats. Cybersixgill’s agile threat intelligence enables your teams to make the right decision, take the right action and prevent the next ransomware attack.

  • Leverage the broadest collection of dark web sources. Supercharge threat hunting, ransomware protection, fraud prevention and phishing detection with the broadest intelligence collection capabilities in the industry.

  • Know what interests attackers most. Leverage our technology to understand where attackers are most likely to focus next.

  • Track sales of compromised access. Monitor risk by tracking the threat actors who are selling access to compromised endpoints and remote protocols, revealing where and how cybercriminals may plan their next attack.

Why customers choose Cybersixgill

Cybersixgill offers fully automated threat intelligence solutions to help organizations prevent ransomware, detect phishing, stop data leaks, mitigate fraud, block malware and remediate vulnerabilities more effectively.

Drawing intelligence from the broadest collection of sources on the clear, deep and dark web, Cybersixgill helps to uncover the earliest indications of risk, preempting attacks by providing security teams with more time to put security controls and defenses in place.

Cybersixgill converges and consolidates underground threat intelligence to power and modernize all solutions in the security stack. By seamlessly integrating with SIEM, SOAR and VM platforms, Cybersixgill’s intelligence can trigger automated playbooks and workflows, accelerate remediation and incident response and increase the efficiency and productivity of security teams.


What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents users from accessing files on a computer or server until a ransom is paid. Typically, ransomware blocks access to files with malware that encrypts them and makes them inaccessible without a decryption key.

How does ransomware protection work?

Ransomware protection requires a multilayered approach to security. Ransomware detection solutions can block web traffic, email attachments and file downloads that contain ransomware. Dark web monitoring enables security teams to track emerging ransomware threats, extracting ransomware hashes to configure firewalls and to trigger playbooks in SIEM and SOAR systems.