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Ransomware: How to Combat Evolving Extortion Techniques in 2021

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About This Webisode

Just like every other attack type, ransomware is not static. Attackers continue to evolve their tactics with new methods to deploy and execute ransomware and to kick you out of your own critical IT systems, networks, and applications.

Worse yet, is your team prepared to handle the fallout should ransomware befall your organization? Attackers today quickly assess the maturity of their corporate victims’ response efforts and determine which of their post-attack techniques will compel victims to pay up.

During this webisode Flashpoint’s Director of Intelligence, Christopher ‘Tophs’ Elisan, will explore many of the new tactics and techniques now in the extortionist tool belt.

Viewers will walk away with:

  • A fresh view of the 2021 ransomware landscape.
  • Flashpoint’s in-depth threat analysis of new extortion techniques.
  • Mitigation strategies you can apply to combat effective extortion techniques.
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Industry Classification: Computer, Cybersecurity & Network Security

Cybersecurity Specializations: Deep Web, Dark Web, Intelligence, Business Risk Intelligence, Cybercrime, Open Source Analysis, Physical Security, Insider Threat Program, Brand Protection, M&A Diligence, Cybersecurity, Security Operations, and Executive Protection.

Address/Location: New York, New York, United States
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Company Size: 51-200 employees

Year of Incorporation: 2010

Main Website: Flashpoint Intel

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Hacker Hotshot Speaker: Christopher "Tophs" Elisan

Date of Recording: January 12th, 2021

Questions We Asked:

20:50 What’s your prediction for Ransomware in 2021?

23:15 Does Flashpoint also have an interest in “Insider Threats”, as a managed service?

23:36 As an author, with rootkits and malware, are the “rootkits” platform agnostic? Can the malware be put on any type of Operating System? It doesn’t matter, right?

25:20 Do you have any opinion on whether a victim of malware should pay? What advice do you have for someone who is a victim? Is your advice, “just pay” or are you of the opinion, to not pay?