Case Study

Penetration testing helps a media company prevent a ransomware attack

Ransomware (or malware) is malicious software that can take over your computer and prevent you from accessing your data. During the attack, the hacker may ask for a ransom from the company, promising — not always truthfully — to restore access to their data when they receive their exact demand.

 

A mid-sized Media Company in the Midwest contacted Accorian because they became concerned about other companies in their industry falling victims to ransomware attacks. After meeting with them, we decided the best solution would be to perform a risk assessment of their IT infrastructure with a specific focus around ransomware attacks. The assessment would assess their risks of exposure and allow them to find gaps that would allow a ransomware attack.

 

Services provided:

  • Security testing – vulnerability scan, external penetration testing and phishing exercises
  • Conducted IT process reviews with the internal team

Our Approach

  • Conducted phone phishing exercises on specific employees to make them aware of phone scams.
  • Executed multiple email phishing campaigns on employees to encourage email security awareness.
  • Performed vulnerability scans and penetration testing
  • Reviewed and tested their backup process

Results

  • Based on results of the phishing exercises,  we made the client aware of sophisticated attack techniques that were used to fool employees.
  • We advised the client on ways that their employees can improve their security awareness.
  • We identified several security issues that could put their business at risk for data loss, financial fraud, and loss of customers.

A Seamless Project Implementation

The customer was relieved that the vulnerabilities was found by us instead of a hacker. Several vulnerabilities were found and it would have been very costly to them if they experienced a ransomware attack.
We continue to work with them on other security and compliance projects that is strengthening their security.

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