Cybercriminals are increasingly utilizing ransomware to extort funds from individuals and organizations. Ransomware is a particularly insidious type of malware that restricts access to device or network data, primarily via encryption, until a ransom is paid to remove the restriction. Victims of these attacks are left little choice but to pay the cybercriminals in the hope that they will receive an unlock code or an encryption key that will free their information. Users contract ransomware in the same way they contract other types of malware, primarily via the web and email. Their devices can be infected by simply navigating to a compromised web site or by inadvertently downloading a weaponized document. Any web site can potentially serve ransomware, even those considered safe, such as respected news and popular entertainment sites.
Menlo Security prevents users from contracting ransomware by inserting a secure, trusted execution environment, or isolation platform, between the user and potential sources of attacks. By executing user sessions away from the endpoint and delivering only safe rendering information to devices, users are protected by eliminating the possibility of infection by malicious Flash, weaponized documents, and infected sites. MSIP delivers isolation security without compromising the user experience or placing a significant burden on IT staff. By leveraging patented Adaptive Clientless Rendering™ (ACR) technologies, MSIP enables enterprise-wide deployment of isolation security without the need to deploy or manage endpoint software or appliances, dramatically reducing ransomware risks.