9 essential ransomware guides and checklists available for free

To assist you, we’ve compiled a selection of free ransomware guides and checklists that you can access without the need for registration.

Fortinet reports a significant escalation in ransomware activity, marking a thirteenfold surge since the start of 2023 in terms of malware detections. This increase is predominantly attributed to the emergence of Ransomware-as-a-Service, leading to a proliferation of ransomware strains.

According to a recent study, 65% of organizations have identified ransomware as a major threat to their operational resilience, ranking it among their top three concerns. Furthermore, for 13% of these organizations, ransomware is the most formidable threat they face.

#StopRansomware guide

This guide is a collaborative effort between the Joint Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). It has been developed as part of the Joint Ransomware Task Force and comprises two key resources:

  • Ransomware and Data Extortion Prevention Best Practice
  • Ransomware and Data Extortion Response Checklist

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Mitigating malware and ransomware attacks

This guidance, provided by the National Cyber Security Centre UK, assists both private and public sector organizations in addressing the impacts of malware, including ransomware. It offers recommendations for preventing malware infections and outlines necessary steps for organizations already affected.

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Definitive guide to ransomware

With the ongoing increase in ransomware attacks and their evolving variants, IBM Security X-Force predicts that ransomware will remain a persistent threat to businesses in the foreseeable future. This document offers proactive guidance for organizations to prepare for and respond to ransomware attacks.

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Mapping the ransomware landscape

In collaboration with the DACG, ANSSI has released a practical guide titled ‘Ransomware Attacks: A Comprehensive Approach to Prevention and Incident Response.’ This guide is especially valuable for general and IT managers in the private sector and local authorities

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Ransomware response checklist

If your organization falls victim to a ransomware incident, this checklist can provide valuable assistance in identifying, containing, remediating, and recovering systems. It is advisable for organizations to thoroughly review and become familiar with the checklist steps before encountering such an incident.

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Ransomware survival guide: Recover from an attack

In this guide for surviving ransomware attacks, the authors share insights gained from their experiences and the best practices they have developed. This resource aims to aid organizations in effectively coordinating their response to an attack and making well-timed, strategic decisions throughout all stages of the response process.

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The ultimate guide to ransomware

This guide provides an overview of ransomware, its mechanics, and offers guidance on both its removal and methods for self-protection.

Cybersecurity for small business: Ransomware

Gain fundamental knowledge on safeguarding your business, test your understanding with a quiz based on what you’ve learned. These recommendations have been collaboratively crafted with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Aspects of ransomware covered by the Budapest Convention

The Cybercrime Convention Committee has recently approved a guidance note pertaining to ransomware. This note illustrates how the Convention on Cybercrime, along with its new Second Additional Protocol, can be applied to criminalize, investigate, and prosecute ransomware-related crimes, as well as facilitate international collaboration.

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