Targeted ransomware attacks have reached new heights, with a 62% global attack spike and a 158% increase in North American attacks alone. As ransomware incidents continue to rise, it’s critical that organizations stand up a security program that enables proactive attack defense. First, you must empower your business to operationalize strong defense mechanisms throughout its security program. This is done by citing use cases for preemptive attack detection and successful risk mitigation to break down key tactics at play. To start, let’s highlight a recent, successful defense against ransomware: The Accenture ransomware Attack.  

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The Accenture Ransomware Attack: What Happened? 

Accenture, a top-ranked global firm specializing in a diverse range of strategic business services, experienced an attempted ransomware attack in August 2021. The firm, which serves more than 6k clients and operates in over 120 countries, confirmed on August 12 that LockBit 2.0 ransomware group — a criminal group that operates using a ransomware as a service (RaaS) model similar to recent acting peers DarkSide and REvil — launched an attack against Accenture that resulted in the theft of data and encryption of servers. Here’s what is known so far: 

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A Look into Accenture’s Successful Response 

Accenture’s response to the incident showcases their competency in business resiliency and is an example that organizations across the globe should look to when preparing for similar internal incidents. In assessing Accenture’s success, there are three key tactics the company employed to help minimize the impact of ransomware: 

As ransomware continues to affect thousands of businesses and customers, it’s vital that organizations stand up an effective security program that prioritizes proactive attack defense and detection. Implementing proper security controls and protocol enables security teams to recognize risks and take immediate action against them, raising your odds of mitigating future attacks.  

Explore how proper risk and asset management strategies can improve your odds of beating ransomware: How Good IT Asset and Risk Management Can Protect You from Ransomware 

How Can OneTrust Help? 

The OneTrust platform leverages expertise in IT Risk Management, vendor risk management, privacy and many other categories to deliver an immersive risk management experience. We enable you to gain visibility into all aspects of your organization’s security structure by building your program from the ground up, giving you a holistic look into your organization’s security posture.   

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