Check Point comments on BSI’s catalogue of measures against ransomware

Wie doppelte Erpressung mit der Egregor-Ransomware funktioniert

Stefan Maith, Team Leader Public Sector at Check Point

We welcome the initiative of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) to provide a collection of best practices and encourage everyone to study the catalog. Ransomware has indeed become a very dangerous threat that is spreading widely and will continue to be a strong focus.

In Germany, as our latest top malware for February 2022 showed, with the notorious botnets Emotet and Trickbot, two malware suppliers are at the top of the threat list who are known for spreading ransomware with pleasure. In addition, our year-on-year comparison of 2021 and 2020 revealed that the number of IT attacks in Germany as a whole has increased by 62 percent. This applies not only to companies, but also to authorities, which bear a great responsibility for data security towards citizens. Our recommendation on how to deal with this coincides with the BSI’s advice that this catalogue should not or cannot replace the basic protection of common defensive measures:

We always advise to use a consolidated IT security solution within a uniform IT security architecture that has been thoughtfully built, instead of creating a patchwork of solutions from different manufacturers. These have been built differently and often communicate poorly or not with each other, so that the variety of solutions does more harm than good, because security gaps can arise. If, on the other hand, the components come from an experienced source, then the firewall, cloud security, mobile phone protection and the like are coordinated and centrally managed. This also relieves the already thinly seeded specialists, who thus have less to manage.

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